Hundreds of students from Brunei will be gathering in Nottingham on Saturday April 2 for a day of sporting competition.
The annual BruNotts Easter Games attracts Bruneian students based at universities all over the UK, to compete for glory in football, netball, badminton and squash. Hundreds more are expected to attend as supporters and volunteer helpers.
These are the 8th annual BruNotts games, and guests expected this year include representatives from the Brunei Students’ Unit.
The Games are held in and around The University of Nottingham Sports Centre, on University Park, over the course of the whole day.
The University of Nottingham has more students from Brunei than any other UK university, and has developed strong links with the south-east Asian nation over many years. The University hosts the Games every year to promote sportsmanship and highlight the strong links that exist between Brunei and Nottingham.
There are now more than 100 Bruneian students at Nottingham, a number that has grown significantly in recent years. The majority hold government scholarships and around 90 per cent are studying at undergraduate level — mainly in science and engineering subjects — with the remaining 10 per cent at postgraduate level.
Vincenzo Raimo, Director of the University’s International Office, said: “The University of Nottingham is one of the most ‘international’ universities in the UK, and it has a very active community of international students — as demonstrated by fantastic events like this. The BruNotts Games has become a great celebration of sporting talent and we’re delighted to welcome so many Bruneian students to the campus.”
Students from more than 150 nations have chosen Nottingham in the 2010/11 academic year, boosting international numbers to over 8,000.
With another 8,000 studying at The University of Nottingham’s sites in Malaysia and China, the University has underlined its status as a truly global player in higher education and is now the largest recruiter of overseas students to a British university campus.
Nottingham has been welcoming international students for much of its history. It was the first UK university to set up a full campus overseas, in Malaysia, and the first overseas university in the world to establish a teaching and research university inside China.
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