A true mix of cultures

A busy two-day visit packed in Afternoon Tea, traditional Indian dance and a trip to the Bank of England
Visiting Indian students and University of London staff pictured in Senate House
Visiting Indian students and University of London staff pictured in Senate House
The pilot includes a portfolio of new initiatives that aim to enrich and strengthen the connection with students around the world

On Wednesday 28 September we welcomed 21 excited students from India to the home of the University of London: Senate House. Each of the attendees received a personal invitation from Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro-Vice Chancellor, to join us in the quintessentially British custom of Afternoon Tea. Before the tea could be poured the visiting students surprised us with traditional dances from three Indian states – marking the event as a true mix of cultures!

Over the next two days the visiting students were taken on tours of the vibrant capital of the United Kingdom. An insider experience of Senate House was offered by our Director of Student Services, Tim Wade (pictured below left), who also led students on a walking tour of the historic Strand area.

Tim Wade (Director, Student Services) pictured with visiting Indian students

A visit to the Bank of England was the next stop on our tour. Here, students were invited to attempt lifting a real bar of gold – which proved to be really heavy! The day culminated in a tour of the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) campus, where the Deputy Director of our EMFSS suite of programmes, John Ferrá, presented an overview of the distance learning courses available from the University of London International Programmes.

The exchange of cultures experienced at this series of events is at the heart of a ‘Stakeholder Pilot’ that was recently launched as a collaboration between the Student Experience and Global Engagement departments of the University of London International Programmes, together with a number of institutions. The pilot includes a portfolio of new initiatives that aim to enrich and strengthen the connection with students around the world.

Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor, addressing the visiting studentsThe University of London was represented by Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive (pictured below right); Craig O'Callaghan, Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive; Tim Wade, Director, Student Services; John Ferrá, Deputy Director of the University of London International Programmes at LSE; Jo Harris, Associate Director, Student Experience; Lisa Pierre, Head of Alumni Liaison and Engagement; Lynne Roberts, Head of International Foundation Programme; Chris New, Deputy Head of International Foundation Programme; Chris Jenney, Head of Global Institutions; Lewis McKinnon, Business Development Manager South and Central Asia; Hayley Hawkes, Institutions Support and Development Officer; Kim Kontos and Liam Kelly, Student Communications Managers; Ania Chrapowicka, Joanne Lings, Peter O’Hara, and Pip Sadler, Student Relationship Managers; Rachel Taylor and Jane Wade, Student Experience Officers.

The guest lecturers in attendance were Mr Nilesh Dattani, Senior Undergraduate Tutor, LSE; Dr Gita Subrahmanyam, Research Associate, LSE; James Abdey, LSE Course Tutor for Statistics.