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ICE hosts first International Students Reception

21 October 2019

Engineering students from universities across the UK gathered at One Great George Street for the event.

ICE hosts first International Students Reception

ICE has hosted its inaugural International Students Reception at One Great George Street, which was attended by more than 200 international and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students from universities around the UK.

The event showcased the Institution's headquarter's facilities, alongside the range of face-to-face and online services available to members living and working outside the UK.

Member benefits

ICE President Andrew Wyllie CBE welcomed attendees and encouraged them to fully grasp the global opportunities to shape the future as civil engineers.

There were extremely engaging talks by Kenyan member Musa Chunge and UCL student Batool Aljufairi from Bahrain, as well as ICE Council Member Blessing Danha, originally from Zimbabwe.

Ben Goodwin from ICE’s Policy team spoke about the upcoming Enabling Better Infrastructure project. This international policy programme, launching in early December, looks at how best to prioritise and plan infrastructure around the world.

Meanwhile, Brendan van Rooyen from ICE’s Engineering Knowledge team explained the growing benefits of the ICE Learning Hub, a source of learning programmes, available free and exclusively to ICE members.

The evening's programme featured a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grade II listed 'Home of Civil Engineering' and interactive demonstrations of the award-winning Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) pop-up VR training system developed by Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (FLOJV).

Guests were treated to mocktails and vegan canapés (soundtracked by a World Music DJ) and the evening proved a fantastic networking opportunity for the hugely diverse audience, which had travelled from as far afield as Leeds and Liverpool.

Of the reception, ICE International DirectorCatherine Cole said: “By transferring from student to graduate membership, young engineers will benefit greatly from structured career support from ICE staff and Representatives worldwide in addition to our online services, as they work towards the ‘global professional passport’ of becoming Incorporated or Chartered Engineers.”

  • Patrick Courtney, Membership Development Officer