International Student’s Day 2023
In remembering the bravery and sacrifices of those students in 1939, we aim to empower current international students to create connections and celebrate their rich cultural heritage.
At the Renewal Programme, we support a variety of learners through our Training and Education projects. We also provide holistic support through our Foodbank and Advice and Support Projects.
In a recent report conducted regarding international students, three key areas for change were identified:
Newham community Project, Newham Council and Queen Mary University of East London, 2023
- Central and Local Government Support: Need for a holistic support ecosystem
which encompasses policy frameworks, public awareness, adequate funding, financial
assistance, streamlined visa policies, employment opportunities, mental health
initiatives, cultural integration programs, and collaborative support efforts.
- University Initiatives: Financial aid programs, cooperation with Voluntary
Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) organisations, enhanced counselling services,
legal and visa assistance, and various support mechanisms, along with diversifying
funding sources for food banks, cultural sensitivity training, and community
- Food Banks’ Sustainable Practices: Measures like education and integration,
financial literacy workshops, data collection and assessment, public awareness
campaigns, and enhanced access to food security are proposed.
This report found that the overarching issues International Students face is food insecurity; financial instability; housing challenges; lack of employment options; lack of university support services; culture shock; visa and immigration.
International students contribute billions into the UK economy, as well as contributing to UK diversity, diplomacy, and encouraging innovation and creativity within our community. It is so important that we understand the problems faced by our International Students and provide reliable, sustainable and empowering support.
International students can make the most of International Students Day through:
- Cultural Exchange Events: Engage in or organize cultural exchange events, showcasing your heritage or learning about others’.
- Connect and Network: Use the day to connect with fellow international students, sharing experiences, and forming friendships.
- Explore Opportunities: Seek out resources or workshops that universities might organize specifically for international students—career fairs, language exchanges, or study abroad programs.
- Share Stories: Share your story or experiences as an international student, whether through social media, blog posts, or speaking events.
- Advocate for Support: Raise awareness about challenges faced by international students and advocate for better support systems within educational institutions.
- Celebrate Diversity: Embrace the diversity around you and celebrate it through art, music, food, or discussions.
- Seek Guidance: Take advantage of counseling services or student advisors to address any concerns or questions you may have about your academic journey.
Remember, International Students Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse community of global learners and make connections that can enrich your academic and personal experience abroad.