22 June 2011
In a first for Canterbury Christ Church University, two Romanian students have been elected to top positions in its Students' Union (SU).
Dr Ion Jinga, the Ambassador of Romania, with his wife Daniela Jinga, and the two Romanian Sabbatical Officers, Anca Popescu and Silvia Rasca
Canterbury Christ Church University students Silvia Rasca and Anca Popescu made history when they won two of the four elected full-time Students' Union officer positions, with Silvia becoming President in August 2011.
The University is a market leader in recruitment of students from the new European Union accession states. Proudly, it also has one of the largest number of Romanian students compared to all other UK universities, with 314 Romanians currently studying for a degree at Christ Church.
Dr Ion Jinga, the Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St James's, said: "I was delighted to hear the news and felt great pride. However, it didn't come as a surprise, given the fact that all the meetings I had with the leadership at Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as with other UK universities I visited since my appointment as Ambassador, resulted in laudatory assessments for all Romanian students, professors and researchers.
"Romanian students have built a positive image for our country, by being perceived as very competitive and hard working. It is, therefore, my pleasure to congratulate the two Romanian students, Silvia Rasca and Anca Popescu, for obtaining the Students' Union positions, and I look forward to meeting them during my next visit to Canterbury Christ Church University in June."
Silvia came to Canterbury almost four years ago, as part of the first generation of Romanian students at Canterbury Christ Church University. She became involved in SU activities in her second year at University and discovered the drive and excitement of making a difference for the student community.
Silvia said: “Being elected President is a great challenge, especially now that we will be moving to a new building in 2012, which will involve a totally different approach in operating as a Union.
“I felt very welcome when I first arrived in the UK, back in 2007, and the community has rewarded me up to this day with kindness and a sense of belonging, in a fantastic city full of history and culture.
“Therefore, as the voice of the students, I want to make sure students always feel they belong to Canterbury and to Christ Church, while the wider community welcomes their presence and contribution.”
Anca Popescu is currently in her final year, studying Film, Radio and TV with Digital Media, and will become Vice-President for Student Activities in August 2011.
Professor Robin Baker CMG, Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: "We are enormously proud of Silvia and Anca's achievements both as students and in the Student Union elections. Our Romanian students are an important element in the Canterbury Christ Church University community. I look forward to working closely with Silvia during her year as President and wish her and the other Sabbatical Officers great success and much enjoyment in their new roles."
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, the University’s courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• The Students’ Union will move to the University’s new accommodation and student centre close to the Canterbury Campus in St George’s Place from 2012.
• In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.