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Diplomats visit Tower Hamlets to give college students insight into the work of the FCO

Two top diplomats from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) jetted in to east London today to speak to students at Tower Hamlets College about their work representing the UK overseas.

Nikesh Mehta, Foreign Policy and Security Counsellor at the UK High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and James Kairuki, Head of Politics, Economics and Communication Group at the UK’s embassy in Washington DC, USA, spoke to the students about their FCO careers and roles in high profile international events. They also participated in a question and answer session with the students about topical international issues.

The visit was arranged by the College to give its politics students the opportunity to learn more about international diplomacy from the experts and to help them understand the role of the diplomatic service in coordinating the UK’s response and position on key events as well as finding out about the type of jobs diplomats undertake on behalf of the government.

Rachel Mcleod, Head of Science, Maths and Humanities at Tower Hamlets College, said:

“We are really grateful to Nikesh and James taking the time out of their busy schedules to come in today to speak to our students. Opportunities like this really help the students to gain valuable insights and help them relate what they are learning to real-life situations.”

Shahida Khan, FCO Diversity and Communications Officer, who helped set up the event with the College also said:

“The FCO is keen to reach out and engage with a wider community to ensure we recruit the very brightest and best talent from all walks of life. Hopefully today we have encouraged some of the students to apply to join us in the future.”

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