The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, recently hosted an award ceremony in honour of the contribution made by international students to the Irish capital. Empathising with the students, the Lord Mayor said he had lived and worked in the UK for a number of years and knew what it was like to be away from home.
The ceremony was held in the Lord Mayor’s official residence, the Mansion House. It was attended by a considerable number of foreign students, who are completing their studies in Dublin. The Lord Mayor said the “it was a difficult choice” in picking the award winner. He said he was “hugely impressed” with the calibre of the students nominated for the prize. Dublin’s first citizen told the reception that international students “show how much we have to gain as a city in attracting students from around the world to study here and how much we should be supporting their engagement with the wider society.”
The Lord Mayor spoke positively about the advantages of foreign students coming to Dublin. He wants to “encourage” greater numbers of students from abroad to make the city “their first choice for education”. After some brief speeches the winner of the prize was announced. It went to Sami Backley who is originally from the US but brought up in Saudi Arabia. He is currently studying Medicine in Dublin. Those nominated for the prize were chosen from ten colleges in Dublin and came from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
By Ian Callagy
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