The TelegraphBy Hayley Dixon. Although such a step could be seen as “social engineering” it could build bridges between those coming from abroad to study and their British counterparts, said Paul White, pro-vice chancellor for learning an teaching at the University of Sheffield. While universities are generally good at helping students form friendships they also create “close communities of students who don’t interact with each other”, Professor White said.
For example Chinese, Indian and British students all tend to stick with their national groups, he claimed. An international faculty of Sheffield University - City College, in Thessaloniki, Greece – has already banned national student societies, he told the Westminster Higher Education Conference.
“They want their students from the Balkan region not to feel that they are Serbs of Kosovans or Macedonians,” he said. More...