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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Students to gain business tips in the US

Peter Hunter and Robert Walker. US3107

Peter Hunter and Robert Walker. US3107

TWO Lisburn students left for the USA this week where they will be gaining some valuable business experience at American Colleges.

Peter Hunter and Robert Walker hope to obtain an international outlook and gain business knowledge which will develop their management and leadership skills.

The pair gained a place on the prestigious Business Education Initiative which awards 100 undergraduate students from across Northern Ireland with scholarships to study business and management for one academic year at Church related US colleges.

Peter, who is studying Graphic Design at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education (Bifhe), will be studying in St. Mary's College in San Francisco, California. A former pupil of Friends' School, he said: "I'm nervous, but it's exciting, I'm looking forward to it."

Robert, who is studying 3D Design at Bifhe will be in Kansas. Before he left Robert commented, "I can't wait. It'll be a nice change, I'm very much looking forward to it."

The British Council manages the Business Education Initiative (BEI) programme on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

Karen McCormack, programme officer at the British Council said: "We are confident that this year's students will continue to be brilliant ambassadors for Northern Ireland and will come back next year with a better understanding of US culture and business awareness as well as a host of new friends and connections across the Atlantic."

Ulster Star