Welcome for new international Scholars

On 13 October the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust held a welcome event for their new scholars.

The aim of the event was to greet the students who had just arrived in Cambridge with scholarships from the Trusts, to give them a sense of community of scholars in Cambridge (in addition to their many other overlapping communities in Cambridge), and to give them further information about the work of the Trusts and about life in Cambridge in general.

The students, who gathered in a suite of rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, were able to chat informally with the Trustees and staff and with senior representatives of the University.

In his address Sir Martin Harris, Chair of the Trusts, welcomed all new students coming to Cambridge from many world regions and cultures to work in every possible academic discipline.

Professor John Rallison, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and a Trustee of CCT and COT, highlighted the importance of international students to the University and the variety of overlapping communities to which each student belongs. He outlined the experience that students can expect from Cambridge and the great rewards they will receive.

Michael O’Sullivan, the Trusts’ Director, congratulated the scholars on their success in gaining highly-competitive scholarships and he thanked the Trusts’ funding partners, in particular the University, Trinity College and Cambridge Assessment.

Judging by the warm and happy atmosphere, the scholars made many new friends, which will help them to make the most of the Cambridge experience.

Trusts' Scholars at the event

Trusts' Scholars at the event