Welcome: international students Wu Jeat Kwan (left), from Malaysia, Amy Chaffee, United States, Heidemarie Pettaues, Austria, Phurit Laochareon, Thailand, Gina Sellinger, US, Silvia De San Laureano, Spain, and Kelsey Heinrich, US. STUDENTS from around the world were welcomed into Warrnambool’s schools, university and TAFE yesterday.
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More than 60 international students attended Warrnambool City Council’s official welcoming ceremony in the evening after starting 2012 studies at Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus, South West TAFE and local secondary schools.

Deakin University Warrnambool head of campus, Professor Greg Wood, said international students brought cultural diversity to Warrnambool.

“They bring a different perspective based on their different cultures, which adds to the social fabric of Warrnambool,” Professor Wood said.

“By sharing their life experiences they enrich the learning experience for everyone on our campus.”

South West Institute of TAFE chief executive Joe Piper said hosting international students provided the region an opportunity to not only work and socialise with a broader international community but to boost the local business sector.

“It expands the global knowledge of our region and it certainly allows international students to provide a professional service to our region in some areas that need it at the moment,” Mr Piper said.

“We welcome them as an ongoing commitment from our institute to broader international education.”

Mayor Jacinta Ermacora said Warrnambool had a growing interest in international cultures.

“It’s always a great experience for schools and families that welcome these students each year and hopefully their stays provide opportunities for extended visits throughout their lives,” she said.

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