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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 1. March 3 1968

An International House Mooted

An International House Mooted

An international house may be established at Victoria as a result of interest created by the visit of Mr Appadurai Aaron, who spoke about his work at International House in Glasgow.

These centres aim at giving students a greater knowledge of the customs and cultures of other countries.

They also serve as a place for first-year overseas students to make contact with others who have already faced the problems of adjusting to life in a foreign country.

In addition the impersonal atmosphere of the large cafeterias and common rooms would hamper the aims of the houses.

Such houses exist at various overseas universities to provide facilities where foreign and local students can meet socially.

Some also offer residential accommodation.

After Mr Aaron's visit, interested students approached the Director of Student Welfare Services, Mr Boyd, and the National Council of Churches chaplain, John Murray, to sound out prospects for something similar at Victoria and. early in November, a meeting was held of students, university staff members, Mr Boyd, Mr Murray and the Physical Wefare Officer, Allen Laidler.

At least $2000 a year would be needed to finance such a set-up and it was decided to approach the Students' Association, the University and outside organisations such as the External Affairs Department, the United Nations Association and Rotary.

The Students' Association was asked to decide whether to support the idea of an International House, whether it should have the status of an affiliated body and whether to make an annual grant toward running costs.

These questions are more vexed than they may appear; for instance the Association may become responsible for any debts incurred by affiliates.

Another possibly controversial question is the composition of the board of management; a joint venture between the University and the Students' Association is anticipated, but outside financial contributors may also desire representation.

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