74% of international students live outside of the country they were born in. Collectively they have lived in 110 countries, with students between the ages of 11-18 having lived in an average of 2.6 countries. These are just some of the statistics uncovered by two Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong (NAIS Pudong) students Sammi Huang and I-Zac Lee through their research on Nord Anglia Education’s first student-led Student Survey.
Upon their election to lead the Internationalism Committee at the end of the last school year, Sammi and I-Zac, both Year 13 students, set their sights on learning more about how international their peers were. Originally from Taiwan and Singapore, having spent four years and 13 years at NAIS Pudong respectively, Sammi and I-Zac value being international students and all that this has taught them.
“As we have both lived in Shanghai for the majority of our lives, we very naturally embraced the role of being leaders for internationalism. We set out to investigate our peers’ opinions on internationalism and global citizenship in the Nord Anglia family,” they told me as the inspiration behind their research.