A STUDENT from eastern India has been appointed as an international ambassador for Brisbane, Australia.
Partha Narayan Mishra was one of 40 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors appointed by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for the 2017 year during a ceremony at City Hall earlier this month (Wednesday 12 April).
Mr Mishra, from Bhubaneswar, is studying a PhD at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Cr Quirk said the ambassadors were from 34 countries with nine countries represented for the first time – including Belgium, Denmark, Kazakhstan, the Maldives, Mongolia, Paraguay, Slovenia, Solomon Islands and the United Arab Emirates.
“The Brisbane International Student Ambassador program highlights the rich diversity of our city’s student population and why Brisbane is a superb place for study with world-class institutions and an enviable lifestyle,” Cr Quirk said.
“Our ambassadors will experience the best Brisbane has to offer and use social media to share and profile their lives as students in Brisbane with their peers, networks, families and potential students back home.
“Combined, the ambassadors have an audience of more than 67,000 on social media in addition to the 160,000-plus followers on Study Brisbane’s Facebook page.
“Sharing their positive experiences of Brisbane will generate increased interest in our city among those considering international study.
“The ambassador program managed by Study Brisbane continues to grow and we have now passed the 250 mark for the number of ambassadors appointed since it began in 2009.”
Mr Mishra said he was currently working on a PhD in geotechnical engineering at the School of Civil Engineering at UQ.
“I am an ardent supporter of diversity, a perfectly average person who loves plotting graphs/charts and taking long walks – I walk from City to St. Lucia campus quite a few times – plus meeting new people,” he said.
“My experiences of Brisbane have been wonderful so far; with the weather quite like what we experience in India and there is also the craze for cricket, which is also similar – this place feels like a second home.
“Brisbane is so alive and has a lot to offer to international students with vibrant events around South Bank, street markets, koala and kangaroo experiences, heaps of friendly people and much more.”
Cr Quirk said the Study Brisbane program had long-term benefits for the city as well as for international students.
“Brisbane attracts about 75,000 enrolments from international students each year and the city welcomes every one of them,” he said.
“Study Brisbane provides a connection for the thousands of young people from 160 countries who choose Brisbane as their second home during a very exciting stage of their lives.
“Study Brisbane not only puts out the welcome mat, it constantly searches for ways to help students connect with our city, improve their study experience and further their goals and ambitions.”
The ambassadors’ roles will see them enjoy many quintessential Brisbane experiences, volunteer at multicultural events and assist with hosting official visiting delegations.