QMUL recognises its international scholars in prestigious event

Queen Mary University of London celebrated the achievements of its international scholars at an annual reception that brought together students, embassy officials and scholarship body representatives from across the world. 

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International Scholars' Reception
International Scholars' Reception

Around 150 scholars attended the event in the People's Palace at QMUL’s Mile End campus on 6 December 2017. They were joined by representatives from the embassies of Bolivia, China, Kenya, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and UAE, as well as the funding bodies The Fulbright Commission, Chevening Scholarships Secretariat and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and QMUL departmental staff.

QMUL's international profile

In 2017, QMUL recorded its largest ever intake of new students from overseas and is home to students from 162 nationalities. The university also receives funded scholars from more than 50 international funding bodies.

Last week, QMUL announced a new partnership with the government scholarships body in Chile, which will enable Chilean postgraduate students to study any subject at QMUL.

35 per cent of QMUL students are from outside the UK, and the university has a large international teaching body, with over 33 per cent of its staff coming from overseas.

Professor Colin Bailey, QMUL’s President and Principal, hosted the event. He said:

“QMUL is committed to ensuring that our international students receive the best possible educational, cultural, and social experiences available and we remain an attractive destination for international scholars, thanks to our research-intensive culture, excellent teaching, supportive staff and our position as a member of the Russell Group of universities. We are extremely proud to have such a diverse and talented group of international scholars and hope that their time here will be fulfilling and of great value to their future.”

An international scholar's experience

Arooj Humayun, who is from Pakistan and is undertaking a scholarship MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems at the School of Engineering and Materials Science attended the event. She said: “My experience so far has been great. I got selected for an international student welcome event hosted by the Mayor’s office, where I got to visit some of London’s main tourist attractions, such as the London Eye. Every day I spend here is like a new adventure.

“The course is amazing. It allows me to learn how we can incorporate sustainability into existing systems. What I enjoy the most about my course is the modelling aspect - I get to learn how real life engineering problems can be solved. I plan on pursuing a career in energy management in Pakistan.”

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