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International House marks 45 years of welcoming students from around the world


19 April 2012

University of Sydney Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir delivered the welcome address.
University of Sydney Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir delivered the welcome address.

The University of Sydney's International House celebrated its 45th anniversary with a gala event held at the House on Sunday, 1 April, 2012.

The Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, delivered a welcome address, and The Hon Michael D Kirby was the guest speaker along with the Graeme de Graaff, Founding Director of IH.

International House provides residential accommodation for around 200 students from all over the world, including Australia. Its charter is to nurture a resident community of scholars who are committed to the value of international understanding and fellowship. A charter that is just as important, if not more important, today as it was in the founding years.

The incumbent director of the House, Jessica Carroll, said in its 45 years the International House has fulfilled its mission in helping over 5000 international and local students develop international understanding and lifelong friendships.

"It is a great honour and a privilege to be Director of International House during the 45th anniversary celebrations.  As Director of the House I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful alumni and distinguished people associated with the House from all corners of the globe," Ms Carroll said.

The idea of establishing an International House was first suggested in 1957 as a way of addressing the difficulty of finding suitable accommodation for students coming to study in Australia from overseas.

In 1962 a trust deed was drawn up to raise money by public subscription and establish a Fund for the purpose of erecting International Houses for the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

The first Director (Graeme de Graaff) was appointed on 1 February 1965 and the Official Opening of the House was on 16 June 1967 for 125 residents.

About 200 people attended the gala event including current and former residents.

Around 200 people including current and former residents attended the event.
Around 200 people including current and former residents attended the event.


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