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Stanford and Rice Universities battle it out in Sydney

25 August 2017

Stanford and Rice Universities kicked off the 2017 College Football Cup this week by touching down at the University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney will have the largest student mobility program of any university in Australia.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin

This is the second year the University of Sydney has hosted the football teams playing in the Cup.

During the visit, University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin signed a student exchange agreement with Rice University President David Leebron.

“In this interconnected world, the jobs of the future will require students to have international experience – that is why we are more than doubling the number of students who have overseas experience as part of their degree. The University of Sydney will have the largest student mobility program of any university in Australia,” Professor Tyrone Carlin said.

“International experience nurtures curiosity, challenges beliefs, builds relationships and through the knowledge they exchange, these students, will have the global perspective necessary to solve the challenges facing our world today.”

“Studying abroad enriches a student's learning and college experience, but our students sometimes find it challenging to be away from campus during the fall or spring semester,” Rice University President David Leebron said.

"This opportunity to study at the University of Sydney gives credit for summer studies, and encourages students to explore and discover the countries and cultures they are learning about. Living in a foreign country provides invaluable educational and life experiences.”

With student exchange programs with nearly 50 institutions in the United States, University of Sydney students have ample opportunity to study in the country.

As part of their visit to the University of Sydney, the American football players were introduced to sausage sizzles, Tim Tams, vegemite and AFL to give them a taste of the quintessential Australian experience.

The Stanford Cardinals take on Rice University’s Owls in the first match of the College Football Cup on Sunday 27 August at Allianz Stadium.