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International students celebrate at Southern Cross University


Brigid Veale
2 June 2005
Four international students marked the end of their studies at Southern Cross University at a Course Completion ceremony at the Coffs Harbour campus today (Thursday, June 2).

Omer Tidhar, from Israel, Christian Legere, from Germany, Dalila Masei, from New Caledonia, and Kwan Min Kim, from South Korea, are due to complete their final exams in the next few weeks and will then return to their home countries.

Ms Janine Mitchell, from Southern Cross University's International Office, said because of visa constraints the students had to return home before the formal graduation ceremony in September.

"This is an opportunity for them to celebrate and mark the completion of their studies," Ms Mitchell said.

The students were welcomed by Southern Cross University's Head of Campus Professor Zbys Klich and presented with certificates by representatives of the Schools.

Ms Mitchell said there were now 50 international students enrolled at the University in Coffs Harbour in courses including tourism and hospitality, information technology and multimedia, social science, nursing and psychology.

"The number of international students is steadily increasing. It's popular because of the courses, the location and the lifestyle. A lot of these students come from very big cities, so they find this campus very friendly."

She said the International Office provided an orientation program for international students, as well as ongoing support during their studies.