Changing Lives For Good

Last modified: 17 January 2018
In 2018 we’re inviting the whole international education sector to celebrate #ChangingLivesforGood. Over the past 50 years 5 million international students have come to study in the UK. Not just transforming and changing their own lives but influencing the communities around them. 2018 is a particularly special year for the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA, formerly UKCOSA) as it marks 50 years since we were established way back in the summer of 1968. We were created initially as an amalgamation of a number of regional Councils of Overseas Student Affairs, in London, Manchester, Scotland, etc with the support of the Overseas Student Trust.

We now have a membership which includes every university in the UK, the majority of further education colleges which are active internationally and a range of specialist and representative bodies.

To celebrate our anniversary in 2018 we asked students and colleagues to share photos and stories about how they are #ChangingLivesForGood. A selection of photos were featured in a 2018 calendar and you’ll spot them used throughout our website this year.

We’re also planning:

  • 'Decades of Debate’, a publication tracing the development of international student policy over the last 50 years.
  • The 50th anniversary UKCISA conference in Edinburgh in June will be larger than usual with a number of major keynote speakers from the UK and overseas and
  • A Parliamentary Reception is planned for the autumn to recognise and celebrate all those who have worked so hard to support international students over all of those years.

Join in!

Share your experiences, stories and thoughts about how international students and the sector are #ChangingLivesForGood. Perhaps you’ve got a story about a student making a difference in a community, or a contribution that has been made through international education.

Use the hashtag on Twitter and Facebook, or add the #ChangingLivesForGood logo to email signatures and encourage others to share!

We think it is especially important at this time to recognise the huge benefits which our international students bring to our economy, our campuses and our communities.

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