Vice-Chancellor meets international scholars

London Met has welcomed a new cohort of eight international scholarship students to the University, underlining its global reputation as an inspirational place to study.

Date: 8 December 2017

The international scholars have all achieved a Chevening or International Students’ House/London Met postgraduate scholarships, and are undertaking taught master’s level study in the 2017-18 academic year. Our Chevening scholars are: Udom Vuthy - MA Education. Sereypagna Pen - MA Architecture. Ahmed Sidi Mohamed Saleck – MPA. Moses Matayi – MA Human Resource Management. And our International Students’ House/London Met scholars are: Shylea Quinones Echevarria - MA Interpreting. Meckdaly Meck Xayavongsa - MSc Public Health. Elly Yahui Zhang - MA Conference Interpreting, and Monil Adhikari - MBA (Cyber Security). The scholars’ countries of origin include Cambodia, Nepal, Mauritania, Namibia and the United States.

Last week, London Met’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Raftery, met with the students to officially welcome them to the University: Professor Raftery encouraged each of the scholars to say a few words about themselves, their experiences leading up to the attainment of their scholarships, and their plans after study. Many of the scholars expressed their gratitude for the outstanding help and support of the International Office during the application process.

For many of the cohort, it was their first time in London with some never having left their native countries before; each commented on their positive experiences of London. The diverse backgrounds of the students provided a rich backdrop to the discussion.

The scholars described the learning environment at London Met as “amazing” and reported that the academic staff had provided an excellent standard of teaching and support. They were grateful to be in classes with other students from mixed backgrounds and with wide-ranging ideas. Professor Raftery explained that, with 140 nationalities represented, the provision of an inclusive curriculum at the University was to the benefit of all.

Professor Raftery said: “Our aim at London Met is to transform lives through excellent education and to create a ripple effect reaching through to the lives of the communities our students will go on to serve. We are delighted to welcome our new scholars to the London Met community".