Students inside an inflatable globe with falling confetti at the 100 years of global connections event

Celebratory BBQ marks 100 years of international students at Sydney

28 August 2023
Welcoming international students to the University of Sydney for over 100 years
Over a century ago, the University of Sydney welcomed the first international students to our community. Since then, students from more than 135 countries continue to choose our University, building our rich and diverse community on campus.

The University marked this exceptional milestone with a Celebratory BBQ on August 16 2023, providing an opportunity for students to mingle, connect and learn.

Sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor, the afternoon was packed with activities that celebrated our global community.

  • Group and solo cultural performances gave insight into the many student societies on offer at the University, while also showcasing our incredibly diverse student base.
  • There were plenty of hands-on activities for students to experience different cultures through creative expression, including an Indigenous painting workshop to delve into native art forms and a calligraphy session hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures.
  • A mechanical surfboard in front of a blow-up wave excited students who were seeking a bit of thrill, while a giant inflatable globe filled with confetti was a special attraction that provided the perfect photo opportunity.
  • Representatives from Student Life, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF), Student Representative Council (SRC), Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA), Sydney Future Students (SFS), and the Alumni team were on hand to discuss the various support opportunities available to students at the University.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Mark Scott said it was heartening to see such a strong turnout of staff and students celebrating this milestone for the University. 

“A century ago the University of Sydney proudly opened its doors to our first international students, laying the foundations for the proud, vibrant and multicultural community that we have today,” the Vice-Chancellor said. 

"Our student body's rich diversity enhances campus life and strengthens our global alumni network, which now has more than 420,000 members across more than 200 countries.

“As we celebrate the many cultures and stories that continue to shape our legacy, we are reminded that Sydney is still a very popular destination for students who want a world-class education and an unforgettable experience, in a city that is dedicated to embracing diversity."

Explore upcoming events and find out what's happening on campus to mark over 100 years since we welcomed the first international students to our University and to celebrate our diverse student community.

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