International House Limited opened its doors in
1968 and since then over 3500 residents from 40 different countries
lived in the House. The International House alumni and friends play
a very active and important role in the life of the College.
In 2003 through the contribution of alumni and friends the International
House Scholarships Fund was established. The purpose of the fund
is to provide financial assistance and recognition to residents
who demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy of International
House and encourage them and others to make a contribution to society.
There are currently four scholarships awarded each year., Two Minoru Hokari Memorial
Scholarships, one Hugh & Valerie Muir Scholarship
and.one Angus-Leppan Family Scholarship.
The following year with donations from Yuki Hokari
and the Hokari Family the scholarship was dedicated to the memory
of Minoru Hokari a former resident of the House. Minoru completed
his PhD on the Gurindji people of Australia before his death at
the age of 33.
the generous contribution of Valerie Muir, the Hugh and Valerie Muir
Scholarship was established in 2005. The late Hugh Muir was Professor
of Metallurgy at UNSW and a member of the International House Company.
Hugh and Valerie were long time friends of International House and upon
Hugh’s death Valerie joined the company. The Angus-Leppan Family
Scholarship was established by the generous contribution of Pamela
Angus-Leppan. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide
assistance for UNSW students who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait
Each year a group of International House alumni
and friends interview residents who apply for the scholarships and
make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The awards of $1,000
each towards room & board fees are presented to the scholarship
recipients at the annual alumni & friends reception held at
the end of the academic year.
Last year through the effort of alumni & friends
the International House Industry Mentor Program
was established. The purpose of the mentor program to assist residents
in the transition from university life to the “Real World’.
The mentor program is unique as it involves ex-residents with extensive
professional experience meeting with a group of residents to answer
questions and be of assistance as they enter various professions.
Another program offered by alumni in conjunction
with residents is “Job Seekers”. “Job
Seekers” is a newsletter displayed on the IH webpage
of residents who are seeking various types of employment. The newsletter
is distributed to alumni & friends many of whom are in a position
to be of assistance. The Rotary Club Excursions
mainly to country towns such as Orange, Tamworth and Port Macquarie
is another program made possible by alumni & friends of International
At the end of the academic year a reception is held at the House
for alumni, friends and current residents. It is a festive occasion
in which awards and appreciations are presented and everyone celebrates
the good friendship and values of “International Understanding”.
In addition alumni & friends attend the Foundation Day Dinner
that is held at the end of the first week of the second session.
The members of the company of International House Limited many of
whom are alumni of the House meet in May of each year for the annual
International House maintains an extensive database of ex-residents
of the House. If you desire to contact an ex-resident you can email
International House at IHfamily@unsw.edu.au.
To keep the information up to date we encourage you to complete
the “re-connect” form which will be sent directly to
us. Also an on line “message board” is available at
the International House webpage: www.ih.unsw.edu.au.
International House Limited Alumni & Friends Association