Ibrahim will present FrenPals. This is a holistic, continuous and bespoke support service to help international students integrate smoothly into their new UK educational environment. FrenPals service includes an online platform and offline activities. The online platform provides first-hand local information and offers advice to help international students solve problems and address concerns, such as isolation, loneliness and anxiety. It builds an online community for international students to meet students from any nationality and studying. It is a space for sharing experience and it can shorten the time for international students to adjust to the new context and improve their overseas experience.
International students are one of the main sources of revenue of higher education in the UK. Therefore it’s essential to improve their student experience, which will create a competitive advantage for universities during recruitment of internationals. Ibrahim Abdulkarim is co-founder of FrenPals & Digital designer by profession. Brand crazy fanatic. Digital Marketing enthusiast. Photography Nerd. He is originally from Nigeria. He arrived the UK two years ago to study for an MA degree, 2D and 3D visualisation at Loughborough University. His passion for impacting peoples life and his love for entrepreneurship made him look into problems he encountered as international students and come up with business ideas for solving them.