A STUDENT from The Philippines now studying in Brisbane, Australia has been honored for a second time by the Lord Mayor in his adopted home.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced 28-year-old Adonil Paul Mariano was one of 33 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for 2013.
“The ambassadors will use social media to tell the world what it’s like to study and live in our city,” Cr Quirk said.
“Brisbane’s 33 passionate new advocates from 29 countries will share their experiences back home as well as participate in media interviews, volunteer at multicultural events, and assist with hosting official visiting delegations. As well as coming to grips with a different language and unfamiliar campuses, they will witness unique Australian sporting events, feed dolphins, visit our world-renowned Gallery of Modern Art, and much more,” he added.
Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s 75,553 international students were attracted by the city’s growing global reputation as an Australasian centre of excellence for science and technology, drawing international collaborations from industry and research institutes worldwide.
“Another bonus for students is that many companies in Brisbane offer internship and graduate programs which embrace cross-cultural skills. Our strong economy, lifestyle and weather are also drawcards,” Cr Quirk said.
Adonil Paul Mariano is from the Town of General Mariano Alvarez in The Philippines but lives in Brisbane while he completes his Diploma of Nursing at South Bank Institute Technology.
“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane has a high quality of life and education, freedom and security, and tremendous support to international students,” Mariano said.
“I enjoy the efficient transport services and student concession privileges. Almost everything is pretty to the eyes while services are streamlined and accessible making living in Brisbane a breeze. Being a Brisbane International Student Ambassador allows me to use my skills, talents and intellect to help convey to the rest of the world that Brisbane is the destination to be when it comes to obtaining world class education,” he said.
Cr Quirk said the honorary appointments were for one year. In that time, the ambassadors will use a variety of social media and digital tools, including Facebook, Twitter and the recently relaunched Study Brisbane website, to communicate their real life experiences.
“International students contribute so much to Brisbane and not just on an economic level. They help create a cosmopolitan, vibrant city and strengthen our network with cities around the globe, creating lifelong relationships,” he said.
The student ambassador program was established by Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane (www.studybrisbane.com) program in 2009 and is open to both domestic and international students in Brisbane. (PR)