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TIP-ping a hat to Trent's International Students

Trent International Program (TIP) staff have a lot to celebrate as a new academic year gets underway. Students are settling in, the annual TIP camp was highly successful and, above all, there is a record number of international students at Trent this year.

Applications submitted to Trent by international students for the 2002/03 academic year increased by 22 per cent over last year’s applications, and there will be a total number of approximately 500 international students at Trent this year. "That accounts for 10 to 11 per cent of Trent’s student population, which is one of the highest ratios in the country," says TIP Interim Director Leonard Conolly. "There are 95 different countries represented, reflecting our focus on diversity."

A portion of TIP student diversity was reflected in an impromtu cultural show at the annual TIP camp that took place at Camp Kawartha on Labour Day weekend. Students sang songs and read stories that reflected their cultural heritage.

Just over 160 new international students spent Labour Day weekend at the annual camp event. Students were picked up at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Friday and bussed directly to the camp, gleaning their first impressions of the Canadian landscape from the natural beauty of the Kawarthas.

Dr. Conolly participated in the weekend’s busy schedule and was pleased with the success of the camp: "Everything went very well. There is a social side to the camp experience, with lots of sports, games and activities, and there is also an academic side because many international students need some help to understand how the Canadian system - and Trent system - work." He adds that he is pleased with the number of students involved in the Trent International Program and feels enthusiastic and optimistic about the upcoming year.

Photo: The annual TIP (Trent International Program) camp for new students was a great success over Labour Day weekend. Over 160 new students took part. Featured in this photo are: back row, left to right - Daniel Isern from Venezuela, Mark McTavish from Canada and Eduardo Monge from Mexico; front row, left to right - Sunny Hsu from Taiwan and Aiko Kambara from Japan. Fausta Capogna photo.

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