Thirty-five international students from 23 different countries were this week welcomed to Northern Ireland at a reception held in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
The reception, sponsored by Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry, was held in acknowledgement of the students taking part in the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) programme who are currently on placement across Northern Ireland.
The evening also provided an opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland winning the bid to host the IAESTE Annual Conference in 2013. The event will bring together over 250 delegates from 85 countries throughout the world to spend a week in Belfast.
Dr Farry welcomed the opportunities that the programme has created, saying: "In an increasingly mobile global environment it is essential that programmes such as IAESTE are used by young people from Northern Ireland and beyond to maximise their learning experiences."