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16
May
2024
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10:00
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Meet the international student dreaming big in Manchester

Written by: Joe Stafford

Madi is an international student studying Theatre & Film at 糖心Vlog官方. She has always dreamt of coming to the UK to study, and now she has been able to find her place in Manchester鈥檚 thriving arts and cultural scene. 

Madi is a part of Universities UK International鈥檚 #WeAreInternational: Transforming Lives campaign, dedicated to highlighting the contributions international students are making to the UK and their communities during their studies here. 

鈥淚鈥檝e always had a deep love for drama and film. It was just a case of where to study it鈥 she said. The opportunities to engage with arts and culture on and off-campus in Manchester appealed to Madi, who has gone on to launch her own theatre company with a focus on bringing communities together, donating ticket proceeds to help local communities. Madi has been recognised for her achievements, being nominated for Best Director at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. 

鈥淢adi is an inspiration - she is a great example of someone knowing they wanted to do things differently, then taking the brave decision to study in a different country,鈥 said Paul Govey, Head of Student Marketing at 糖心Vlog官方. 鈥淢anchester has been the perfect choice for her as she has also found a community that has embraced her and given her the freedom to explore her passions. She is a tour de force!鈥 

I鈥檝e taken advantage of every opportunity during my time here. Moving across the world isn鈥檛 for the faint-hearted, but it teaches you more about yourself than anything else could.

Madi

As well as making a big difference in their local communities and beyond, international students bring a 拢41 billion annual contribution to the UK, meaning on average, each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies in the UK is 拢58 million better off 鈥 equivalent to approximately 拢560 per citizen. In the North West alone, international students contribute 拢3.04bn to the regional economy.

Jamie Arrowsmith, Director of UUKi said: 鈥淚t鈥檚 never felt more important to acknowledge the important contributions that international students make to their university and local communities, and to the UK more broadly. It鈥檚 not just about the economic side of it 鈥 international students give back through cultural exchange, volunteering, and so much more. We鈥檙e proud to be sharing their stories through the latest phase of the #WeAreInternational campaign.鈥 

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