UNE’s International Student Hub secures $40,000 StudyNSW partner project grant

UNE’s International Student Hub secures $40,000 StudyNSW partner project grant

Armidale’s International Student Hub has been recognised for its stellar contribution to the region’s multicultural support network with the University of New England project receiving $40,000 in NSW Government support.

Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said StudyNSW will provide the funding under its partner project program to continue supporting the Northern Tablelands International Community Partnership Project (The International Hub).

The International Hub was launched in 2016 by StudyNSW, Bupa and UNE as a referral service offering health and wellbeing programs for international students.

“This funding to further support the project will continue to enhance the experience of international students studying in New England and help integrate them along with their families into the local community,” Mr Marshall said.

“The Hub will offer international students opportunities to truly engage with community members in Armidale in areas outside of their day-to-day academic life.”

The Hub offers a range of services to international students including free English language classes, an international women's gym and swimming lessons.

Mr Marshall also congratulated International Hub project officer Dunya Alruhaimi on the group’s recent winning of a Community Engagement Award at the 2017 NSW International Student Awards.

“This award is clear proof that the International Hub is a vital service for Armidale’s growing international student population, even just a year since its inception.

“Moving to a new city to study can be difficult enough – a transition made all the more difficult when new residents are also contending with language or cultural barriers.

“The International Hub helps to assist international students with adopting Australian customs, while providing a sense of community to people of all cultural backgrounds,” Mr Marshall said.

International education is NSW’s largest services export and second largest export overall, worth over $8 billion to the economy and supporting over 46,000 NSW jobs.