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2016 welcome to international students

Lord Mayor Clover Moore extended a warm welcome to more than 1,000 newly arrived international students from across the globe at Sydney Town Hall on 16 March 2016.

The evening marked the start of the students' educational journey in Sydney and the beginning of a lifelong connection with our city.

For more than a decade, the evening has celebrated Sydney's diversity and strengthened community connections. 

This year's event featured an address from 2015 international student award winner and international student leadership ambassador, Zaki Haidari, and a traditional and contemporary dance performance by Jannawi Dance Clan. Jannawi is from the Darug language meaning, 'with me, with you'.

The event was coordinated by the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, TAFE and StudyNSW with support from the City. International students from different disciplines and institutions across Sydney attended the reception.

The Lord Mayor of Sydney welcomes you

On behalf of the people who live and work here, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Sydney – one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world.

Our community includes people from over 180 nations. This mix of cultures, histories, experiences and stories makes our city a great place to live, visit, work and study.

With a lifestyle that is second-to-none, Sydney is Australia's most exciting education destination. We have leading research facilities and instructors, giving overseas students great educational opportunities.

Sydney offers a fantastic lifestyle with experiences at cafés, shops, bars and restaurants as well as some of the best and most inspiring arts, culture and natural environments to be found anywhere in Australia.

Sydney is a city that is alive with opportunity and possibility. While you study here, you will be able to enjoy sport and cultural events, including our spectacular New Year's Eve celebrations and the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations held outside Asia.

I also encourage you to engage in your local community and participate in volunteering opportunities to enrich your experience here and learn more about the local culture and people.

This dynamic, accessible and safe city is just waiting to be explored – welcome to our great city.

Lord Mayor Clove Moore's signature 

Lord Mayor of Sydney
Clover Moore

Last updated: Monday, 4 April 2016