The Faculty of Engineering held an event on Monday 15th June to celebrate our International Engineering Ambassador (IEA) scheme and provided the new cohort of IEA students the opportunity to network with graduating Ambassadors.
After a welcome from the organiser of the IEA programme, Natalka Shackley, several graduating students gave presentations on their highlights of being involved in the scheme. Pro-Vice Chancellor and MultiSim PI, Professor Mike Hounslow, discussed the positive impact that the IEAs have made to the international student experience at the Faculty and handed out certificates and a ‘Sheffield Cook Book’ gift to the four graduating students.
The IEA scheme was launched by the Faculty in October 2011 with the aim of enhancing the international student experience but also to help potential students considering choosing the University and an Engineering degree.
They currently have nearly 60 International Engineering Ambassadors as well as several alumni who continue to promote Engineering at Sheffield worldwide. The Ambassadors provide support through campus tours on Open Days, helping at recruitment fairs and conferences, media interviews to publicise Engineering at Sheffield and translating both literature and in meetings for academics visiting the Faculty.
Many Ambassadors have also returned to schools and colleges in their home countries to carry out presentations about their courses and the experience of studying at Sheffield, reaching a wide range of pupils in countries such as Thailand, India, China, Romania and Italy.
Professor Mike Hounslow said of the scheme: “What has always struck me about our IEAs is their openness, friendliness and commitment to Sheffield, bridging cultures to encourage other international students to come here. They take on an ambassadorial role in the truest sense of the word, sharing our values at the Faculty and advocating how engineering provides solutions which are changing the world for the better.”