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International student enjoys the ultimate ‘welcome to London’

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Deputy Mayor rolls out the red carpet for 11 overseas students 

by Lee Pinkerton

A student from India studying at the University of East London (UEL) received the red carpet treatment from the Deputy Mayor of London recently when he joined ten other international students at a special ‘welcome to London’ reception. 

MBA student Shashank Hosahally was chosen to represent UEL on a whirlwind tour of some of London’s most famous sights and landmarks. 

The group started their tour at City Hall, taking in views of Tower Bridge and the City of London’s skyscrapers, then enjoyed afternoon tea at the Swan restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Then it was off for a ride in a private capsule on the London Eye and a speedboat tour down the Thames.

The afternoon finished at the private student accommodation Urbanest Westminster Bridge, where the students enjoyed drinks and snacks on the building’s rooftop terrace overlooking the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. 

Lalage Clay, Head of Education at event organiser London & Partners, said, “Every year, over 110,000 international students choose to make London their home and I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome 11 more today. 

“London has so much to offer, from museums and galleries to parks and pubs, via music, theatre and restaurants. I hope you get to know and love this city as much as I do, and continue to be an ambassador and London enthusiast after you finish your studies. London welcomes you!” 
Shashank, who has 12 years of work experience in sales and marketing with IT and health care companies in Bangalore, explained why he chose to study at UEL:

“I wanted to learn more about digital marketing and also do my master’s degree, which was long overdue.

“I had visited London when I won the top sales person of the year award since my company (PR Newswire) has its head office in London. I learned a lot when I engaged with my UK colleagues and they helped me with my negotiation and closing techniques. Hence, I decided to study my MBA in London. 
Shashank researched universities that offer digital marketing. He said UEL was a perfect fit because of its combination of modules that includes digital marketing, operations management, accounting and finance and CSR (corporate social responsibility).He also liked UEL’s residence halls and helpful staff.

He said, “I can say UEL undoubtedly has the best on-campus accommodation. The view from my room, the City Airport runway beside the River Thames, over-looking Canary Wharf, was icing in the cake.”

The ‘welcome to London’ participants all recently started programmes at different London universities, including Goldsmiths; Imperial College London; King’s College London; London Metropolitan University; LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science); Middlesex University; Queen Mary, University of London; Royal College of Art; UCL (University College London) and the University of the Arts London. 
The event was organised by the higher education team at London & Partners, which works with universities and sector partners to promote London as a top study destination.