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International students celebrate success

International students at Activate Learning attended an event to celebrate the completion of their Access to HE programmes.

After a year of hard work, the group of 35 students received their awards on Friday (1 July) at a special ceremony. Presenting the awards were Alison Hill, Head of Access Programmes and Terry Watts, International Director.

Terry said: "It is great to see our International students prepare to head off to university to pursue their chosen careers. They all worked very hard and learnt so much in their studies, as well as improving their English language skills dramatically.  We are proud of what they have achieved with us and wish them success in their future careers."

Valentina Huang, from China, is now planning to study Business Management at the University of Bristol. She said: “The course was very good and it has definitely helped me improve my English. It was a big step for me; I had gone to an international high school before but not in England. This course has given me a good foundation to go into university. The teachers were really professional and the facilities, for example the library, were good. I would recommend this course to others.”

James Russell and Emmanuele Cipullo are planning to study Economics, Finance and International Business at Oxford Brookes University. While at college, they have been working together on plans to form a charity which helps homeless people, while providing employment opportunities for college students.

Kenny Simpson is going on to study an International Business Management and Hospitality degree at Oxford Brookes University, before pursuing a career as an entrepreneur in the travel and tourism sector. He said: “Meeting new people from different countries and with different interests made this course especially interesting.”