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New international students welcomed to the Laurier community
More than 100 different nations make up Wilfrid Laurier University’s student population. On Monday, Sept. 24, about 80 of Laurier’s newest international students from the Waterloo and Brantford campuses gathered for a welcoming reception at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
“It’s a very diverse community at Laurier, and you’re a very important part of that,” Peter Donahue, director of Laurier International, told the students. “Many students will learn about different cultures, and the world, from you. You’re a very important part of our community and our efforts to engage our students globally.”
Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw welcomed students while highlighting the relationship of the university and its partners, including the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
“I want you to realize that you are in a country and a community that is supportive of you, that welcomes you, and that thinks what you are here for is as important to us as it’s important to you,” he said.
“I want to offer you my encouragement to reach out to engage with Canadian students – with all of the students you meet in your classes. Reach out, engage and learn from them, and they will learn from you.”
David McMurray, vice-president: Student Affairs, highlighted Laurier’s strong academic programming but also encouraged students to take advantage of the university’s focus on the undergraduate student experience.
“You’ve entered a very special culture here at Laurier, in Waterloo and in Brantford,” said McMurray. “Take in the opportunities this global experience offers you. Global engagement is one of the principles driving our education, and what you contribute to the community here is what is most important.”
This year, more than 200 international students joined the Laurier community.
About Laurier International
Laurier International was formally established in 1994 to provide leadership, service and support for the international activities of the students, staff and faculty. Laurier International encourages, promotes and seeks opportunities for members of the Wilfrid Laurier University community to effectively pursue their interests and careers in a globalized world. Through its programs and services, Laurier International gives students – both Canadian and international – the opportunities to enhance their international and intercultural competencies by way of networking with international academic, government and non-government agencies around the world and in local communities.