The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 139, 31 March 2004
£76m centre for clinical imaging«
Tribute to miracle miler Sir Roger«
Harriet’s prime howler!«
International student awards«
Making a grand entrance«
Lowering blood pressure«
It’s a bug’s life«
Will powers IC Trust«
We’re on the map«
Britain the ‘tobacco control time-warp’«
Cutting carbon emissions«
When too much competition can prove unhelpful…«
Emotional intelligence scrutinised«
Move to new headquarters«
Staff Pay and Grading update«
An international night to remember«
Water way to make a splash at College…«
Science soirée at Silwood«
Snap happy…«
In Brief«
Media Spotlight«
What’s on«

International student awards

by Abigail Smith

NINE Imperial students have been shortlisted for the finals of the International Student Award, a nationwide competition run by the British Council.

The award recognises international students who have learned new skills, achieved personal ambitions, enjoyed new experiences or made a contribution to their institution or community since coming to the UK.

The shortlist will now be whittled down to 12 finalists who will compete for one gold award worth £2,000 and 11 silver awards worth £1,000 each.

Imperial’s Anthony Swain, Chun Man Yip and Sze Chai Kwok of Hong Kong, Theresa Ting Oei, Weihan Zhang and Teck Yong Lim of Singapore, Eu Vian Tan of Malaysia, Marie Bonifay of France and Ali Saatov of Uzbekistan have been chosen out of more than 2,000 students from universities across the UK.

All described their UK experiences in the form of a letter home to family or friends. Many revealed the diversity of London life as most striking. Health management student Ali Saatov explained: “Diversity is London’s feature and this city is a true melting pot.

“Living here is a marvellous stimulation for me to become more knowledgeable and culturally sensitive, more tolerant and empathetic — a better individual eventually.

“It is amazing to be a true citizen of the world, meeting and mingling with Malaysian and Scottish, Thai and Bangladeshi and many others.

“I know what Seneca meant when he said ‘I am not born for one corner. The whole world is my native land.’ I know now how to celebrate Chinese New Year, what Malaysian cuisine is particularly known for and how wonderful Sri Lanka is.”

Chun Man Yip, a civil and environmental engineering student, added: “Under the positive influence of friends, I started to take part in charity work which I hadn’t even thought about before. Community services are not all about helping others; this enabled me to take on a different perspective in life, and acted as training for my character.”

Professor David Ewins, pro rector, international relations, said: “This is an excellent reflection on the way international students both contribute to and gain from life at Imperial, and we are very proud of their success.

“Students who come here from overseas find it exciting and stimulating and in return, their presence at the College provides a richness for their fellow students and all of us who work here.”

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