4th August 2000




The popularity of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside brings students to Lincoln from all over the world, and the latest recruit will come from Albania.


Aida Siro, from Dures in Albania, is determined to become a journalist to help bring her country’s plight to the world’s attention. And with the help of the university and an international charity she now has the chance to achieve her dream.


She visited the Lincoln campus this week with Robin Waite from the British Albanian Educational Trust, which will sponsor her when she comes to Britain.


Aida viewed the accommodation and media production facilities and was interviewed by the Dean of the Faculty of  Arts and Technology, Prof Peter Arnold.


“I very much would like to be a journalist and this university is a lovely place,” said Aida. She’s now 17 years old and in two years’ time will take the Albanian equivalent of 12 A-levels.


Without the help of the charity Aida would not be able to go to university to study journalism as her parents have the financial difficulties which are shared by many Albanians.


Albania is one of the poorest European nations, but if Aida takes up a place on the BA (Hons) Journalism programme after she finishes school she will have all the benefits of a British university education to help her succeed.


“The facilities are very impressive and I have been given a warm welcome,” she added.


Aida and Mr Waite were shown round the university by Prof Arnold and Bill Deakin, regional manager in the university’s international office responsible for Europe.




Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042