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Original photograph of residents from 1967

Sydney University International House Alumni Association

Global friendships that stand the test of time
There are now thousands of students who have lived at International House and we have a vibrant alumni culture.

Our mission

Sydney University International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA) has been inspired by the commitment of the house to international understanding and friendship, and for most of us this influence has remained a theme of our lives with our experiences in the house being important formative memories. We formed enduring friendships in the house that continue to enrich our lives.

SUIHAA's constitution (pdf, 32 KB) commits us to: encouraging and supporting communication among alumni, promoting our engagement with International House and the University, and working with International House "in promoting the aims and ideals of international understanding within the University of Sydney and the wider community."

Ongoing areas of activity

  • We support ongoing communication among SUIHAA members – by all kinds of methods.
  • We partner with the current Members' Association (IHMA) with events that bring alumni and current residents together. For example, SUIHAA members from around the world send cards and calendars to new residents in February at the start of the academic year.
  • SUIHAA members join together to support initiatives that promote the ideals of international understanding and friendship. For example, we raised $100,000 in 2008-12 (approx.) to support the founding of the Bo Children’s Hospital in Sierra Leone. The Hospital was originally a proposal of Dr Nuli Lemoh, a SUIHAA and Rotary member. We are delighted that the hospital is now functioning to save children’s lives, and generating income with ongoing support of Bo, Sydney and UK Rotary clubs, as well as SUIHAA and IHMA.

Future of International House

The University has decided that the International House buildings are coming to the end of their lives. Residents are being moved out at the end of 2020. Alumni are seeking assurance from the University that the successful International House program will be continued and enhanced in any future plans.

The alumni community continues to work for the future of IH, and to communicate with alumni via newsletters and Facebook.

Please contact us if you can help in either of these areas. To stay up to date with SUIHAA news, read our initial statement (pdf, 490KB) or see our  past newsletters.


Committee profile (2020-21)


Karen Rowe-Nurse


Moe Hassan


Brittany Ridley

General committee

Paul Reisner
James Kane
Stephen Sanders
Kiram Ibrahim
Ros Madden
Karen Rowe-Nurse



Contact us


Alumni association
  • International House, 96 City Road, Darlington, NSW 2008 Australia