Peace Mmezi, who is studying MSc Advertising and Marketing, described the occasion as a royal banquet and a memorable evening. While Ikenna Chukwulkelu, who is studying MSc Marketing Management, said: “Picture a lovely feast where you and fellow international students gather to share ideas and chat with the city mayor in a buzzing atmosphere filled with good food, inspiring history about Hull, and lively conversation. It was an experience of a lifetime.”
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Randall, said: “It was a great opportunity to share with students from around the globe the history of this great city. I enjoyed seeing their amazement at the splendour of the Guildhall, something those who use the building on a daily basis take for granted.
“The contribution foreign students make to the life of the city is sometimes overlooked so it was a pleasure to acknowledge their contribution and to wish them all well as they continue their journeys.”
Richard Stott, Managing Director for the Kexgill Group (which owns and operate the University Quarter), said: “A private banquet in the Lord Mayor’s chamber showed appreciation from Kingston upon Hull for the contribution international students make to the city. It was a very special evening and I felt privileged and delighted to attend.
“Fostering relationships with international students and postgraduates is considered hugely important for the country.
“What is often overlooked is how valuable these alumni become because of the friends they make and experiences they have in the UK. There continue to be so many partnerships, business deals and collaborations as a result.
“These strong ties to the UK are needed, embracing greater entrepreneurial talent retained by the country.”