You are invited to celebrate
The International Office would like to extend a special invitation to attend the International Student Farewell on Friday, 1 November 2013.
The Farewell recognises international students completing their studies in Semester 2 or Trimester 2 & 3, as well as students completing the iLEAD (International Leadership and Development) program.
Your attendance at this important event for our international students would be very much appreciated by them as most will not be able to attend formal graduation ceremonies.
Time 1pm - 3pm
Date Friday, 1 November 2013
Venue Edwards Hall, Student Accommodation
Please also extend this invitation to members of your team to come along and join the celebration. There will be light refreshments after the event and an informal opportunity to farewell international students from across the University.
There is no need to RSVP but if you would like reserved seating or more information please contact the International Office on International-Advisors@newcastle.edu.au
University farewells record intake of Australia Awards Scholarships recipients
Clare Livingstone Browne is an Australia Awards scholar about to complete a Master of Leadership and Management in Education at the University of Newcastle (UoN).
This year marks the 21st anniversary of UoN’s intake of Australia Awards Scholarships recipients. Administered by AusAID, the Awards aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.
Beginning in 1993 with just one scholar, in 2013 UoN hosted a record 75 recipients from developing nations.
An education leader in his country and currently the Supervisor for Secondary Schools, Clare will return as the Deputy Director of Education for Antigua and Barbuda after the completion of his Master.
Clare’s significant contribution to education has already seen him receive many honours and leadership awards.
Explaining how he became an Australia Awards Scholar, Clare tells how he was approached by a representative of the Awards about the program and that it immediately fitted in with what he wanted to do.
“I believe it was meant to be. She could have met with anybody else but it was me,” he said.
Arriving in Newcastle after a long 2 days of travel and five plane trips from the twin-island nation in the Caribbean, Clare began his time at UoN by completing the Introductory Academic Program (IAP) which he found crucial in helping him to navigate the academic world.
Throughout his time at UoN, Clare has had great experiences with tutors and the staff.
“The people I have encountered in the classrooms as teachers and tutors have all been very kind, very knowledgeable and willing to share.
“You don’t feel like a number, they know you by name and you feel like family. I am always met by bubbly warm people who are ready to help.”
Clare found it easy to adapt to Australia and the people welcoming.
“People are very warm, they go out of their way to assist you and engage with you at the bus stops and shops,” Clare said.
Clare believes Newcastle is an excellent place to come and study.
“The quality of education that you receive is first class. It forces you to think and prepares you for whatever you want to go back and do.”
Clare Livingstone Browne will be one of more than 250 students from almost 30 countries finishing their time at UoN next month. He will attend the bi-annual International Student Farewell Ceremony on 1 November and will also be a guest speaker.
The event gives students, unable to attend graduation, a chance to be recognised for their achievements before heading home. It is UoN’s way of saying thank you for the important contribution international students make to our University and our community.
Clare Livingstone Browne is available for interview. High-resolution image can be emailed.
UoN contact: Benieke Treverton / 0404 624 969