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Candidate for the position of International Officer



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My Main Goals:

1.      Provide a buddy/mentoring program between the current International students and the incoming International/Exchange students to help them settle into the university better.

2.      Increase the awareness of specific International societies in the university and in general encourages students to participate actively these societies.

3.     Generally assist International students around problems that I and other International students have faced when moving to the UK by organising meetings where these problems are tabled and appropriate actions would be taken towards solving them.

4.     Break the cultural, language and social barrier and promote studying abroad to the International students and Home Students

5.     And most importantly, represent the International students all over the university and beyond.


My name is Michael Onuorah; I am an international student in my third year studying Computer Science. I think it is fair to say that I have a unique insight of the challenges International students face when they come to a different country to study and with my experiences being an elected International student representative at my college, a Student Ambassador of the university and a current committee member of the Erasmus Student Network United Kingdom (ESN UK) which I have the privilege to be the Head Of Buddy Programme and Webmaster for ESN Hertfordshire, I.T and Web support for ESN UK and I also help out in organising events such as tandem language cafes which help students hoping to gain experience in learning a new language and organise trips for the students for example, our previous trip to the beautiful city of Edinburgh saw us take about 120 students from the University of Hertfordshire and about 1000 from all 16 ESN sections in the entire UK for a weekend back in November and next month (March), we are running a weekend trip to Amsterdam and with over 200 students booked on this trip(Highest number among all ESN UK section), we hope it’s going to be a great experience for everyone. I am also pleased to be representing ESN Hertfordshire at the Erasmus Student Network Annual General Meeting (ESN AGM) at Ankara, Turkey in April.

I think this would be the best role for me to show what my experiences can make a great difference for the International students in the University of Hertfordshire, I wouldn’t hesitate to go extra mile to support the students in a positive way so as to make their university experience an unforgettable one. Our strong International community is one of the features that make our university special-let’s keep it that way!

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