MASSOC (Malaysian and Singaporean Society of the University of Sheffield) has been around to ensure the welfare and well-being of Malaysian and Singaporean students in Sheffield.
“MASSOC’s aim is simply to make you feel comfortable through its support, resources and activities,” said Phoebe Yiin, the ex- vice president of MASSOC.
Phoebe Yiin, the ex-vice president of MASSOC.
As a Malaysian student, Phoebe understands the difficulties of Malaysian students when they come to study abroad. Thus, she committed herself to become part of MASSOC to help out new students to settle down in Sheffield.
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Teaching international students can be challenging yet rewarding, according to some Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) lecturers.
In her experience, senior lecturer Katie Oscroft finds that international students often have more cultural depth to add to the session.
“Some students may know things other don’t, and it’s a good opportunity to use the individual experiences to enrich the learning process,” said Katie, who specialises in television news.
SHU Lecturer Katie Oscroft (first from left, bottom row) with the iStudyAbroad team after a TV news bulletin production.
Principal lecturer Dr. Geff Green has taught in SHU for 14 years, and deals with many international students from different countries.
He said: “Overseas students bring a new dynamic and diversity into the classroom, and there’s always something interesting to learn from them.”
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Visitors, locals and international students were treated to an explosion of history and culture at the 11th annual Sheffield Jubilee Fayre recently.
Held at the Norfolk Heritage Park, the free community event offered tons of entertainment and attractions such as the Sheffield Horticulture Show, which is a vegetable and fruit farming competition, market stalls and park rides.
However, the highlight of the Fayre was definitely the larger than life re-enactment of significant historical events.
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Layla (left) and Monica are ecstatic at the opportunity to volunteer for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
With a rise in unemployment rates, it is becoming increasingly difficult for international students to find jobs in the UK.
Furthermore, new post-study work visa regulations imposed by the British Border Agency restrict students from acquiring permanent employment.
However, it is not impossible for students to get paid or unpaid work experience while studying abroad, as illustrated by a few students from China.
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Cook Along on London Road, Sheffield
Studying abroad is not all about academics and learning. In Sheffield, students get a chance to participate in a variety of events organised by the University and other independent bodies.
A cook along held on London Road recently attracted international students as well as locals to learn themed cuisine in the spirit of eating and fun.
This event was organised by Blend, a community food organisation based in Sheffield. The organiser, Chris Hanson, said: “This event aims to share the knowledge of food preparation and simple cooking that can be easily achieved at home.”
He also said that over a thousand people have attended the monthly cook along sessions which have been ongoing for the last two years.
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