‘Together, we are stronger' - international student event a major success

25 September 2023 | News

Lincoln’s recent International Student Support Evening was a big hit, selling out two weeks in advance and promoting inclusivity amongst tauira from different backgrounds, cultures and countries.

Hosted by Master of Science in Food Innovation student Sahiti Peddisetti, with support from the Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA) and other campus groups, the intiative was a valuable platform for international tauira to access essential information, connect with their peers and support services, and feel part of the university community.

Sahiti was delighted at the turnout to the event, citing student and staff involvement as key to its success.

"It was amazing to see the enthusiasm from our international tauira," she said.

The incredible diversity that makes up our international whānau is what enriches our campus community. We are a global family, so together, we are all stronger.

The evening kicked off with a panel discussion led by International Student Advisors, Dee Hannam and Denise Pelvin, who covered crucial topics such as insurance, wellbeing, support and visa information.

A buffet-style dinner followed the discussion, with attendees tucking into international kai such as bang bang chicken, crostini, falafel, Thai curry, butter chicken curry, basmati rice and flatbreads.

Various university departments contributed to the event, including Learning, Teaching and Library (LTL) Advisors, the LU Career Centre, Student Health and Wellbeing, Whare Hākinakina LU Gym, Wheako Tauira | Student Experience, LU Chaplains, Te Awhioraki Maori Students’ Association, LU International and Cultural Society, and the Lincoln University Muslim Association.

"It was an amazing evening," Sahiti said.
Sahiti Peddisetti (centre) with attendees at the Lincoln University International Student Support Evening.