The connections we build can last a lifetime and have a real effect on both cultures. Take Elizabeth Cawein, Alumni Awards finalist, who came from Memphis, Tennessee to London to study Contemporary Music at Brunel University. While here she developed her expertise on how culture is a catalyst which sparks regeneration and civic pride.
Now back in Memphis and running a music PR business, she continues to foster the connections that she developed while in the UK. In 2017 she established the ‘Memphis to the Mersey’ songwriters exchange to develop the relationship between two cities long connected by the cotton trade and their musical legacies. You can view her TED talk How to build a thriving music scene in your city.
And she is just one of the stories, we’ve enabled to happen. In 2017 we helped more than 17,500 students from UK universities to go overseas through our programmes which include Erasmus+, Generation UK–China and English Language Assistant.
In the week beginning 12 November, in the build-up to International Students' Day, we’ll be playing our part in the celebration by sharing some of these stories.
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