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Brisbane mayor welcomes the city’s international students

The Lord Mayor of Brisbane welcomed 250 international students this month

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The Lord Mayor of Brisbane has been welcoming hundreds of international students to the city in the 16th Student Friendship Ceremony held at Griffith University.


Around 250 international students gathered at the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue at Griffith’s Nathan Campus to hear the Lord Mayor speak.


In true Australian spirit, the international students were welcomed by aborginial dancers who performed a traditional fire-lighting ceremony. 



“We are a city where people have come from more than 200 nations around the globe,” said Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. 


“The time students have here will be a valuable opportunity to learn about Australian culture and to also share their culture with the city.


“The opportunities in Brisbane will be lifelong for some, but whether they remain in Brisbane to pursue a career post-study or return to their home country and take the knowledge gained to advance their own nation, we ask that they take part of Brisbane in their heart.”

What do the international students have to say?

Japanese-born Brisbane International Student Ambassador Haruka Fujihira, who studied a Masters in Marketing also spoke, describing her years in Brisbane as “the best time in my life.”


“Brisbane has been a life-changing place for me,” she said. “Initially I came here just as an exchange student for one semester. During studying English I was motivated by another international student who was also studying with me.


 “My life has been quite busy here but a very good one.”


What are International Student Friendship Ceremonies?


International Student Friendship Ceremonies are a rare opportunity for students to receive a personally signed Certificate of Friendship and have a photo taken with the Lord Mayor.


It is a chance for the Lord Mayor to thanks international students for choosing Brisbane and welcome them to the city. 


What are Brisbane International Student Ambassadors?

  • Brisbane’s international student ambassadors are a group of international students that provide a connection between the city and its international student body.
  • They use social media to tell their “Brisbane story” to students in their home country.
  • This year there are 26 ambassadors from 25 countries, including China, Taiwan, Colombia, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Macau and Singapore.


Could you be the next International Student Ambassador? Start your study abroad adventure in Brisbane today or find out more about studying in Australia.


With a new visa system in place from July 2016, your Australian study abroad experience could be easier than ever. 

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