Wales’ universities shared the stage with Welsh actors at an international reception in the British Consulate General’s residence in Los Angeles on 30 May.
The reception, which hosted Welsh university partners from around the world, as well as guests from the British Council, Welsh Government, and Universities UK, was supported by LA-based Welsh actors Luca Malacrino and Owain Rhys Davies.
British Consul General Chris O’Connor welcomed the guests and the delegation from Wales, who were in LA for one of the largest gatherings of international educators in the world to promote Wales as a study destination of choice.
Special guests Luca and Owain told the invited audience how growing up in Wales had made them advocates for the nation, and how studying and working abroad had given them perspectives from which students considering universities in Wales could also benefit.
Luca, who was recently seen in Grey’s Anatomy, and Criminal Minds, said: “As a proud Welshman, I can’t emphasise enough the welcome international students have in Wales. I am always explaining to friends in the US how Wales is a country that gets under your skin, and once you go there the ties will last a lifetime.
“We need to make sure that Wales isn’t a well-kept secret, and this is why I was delighted to work with Study in Wales to help bring Wales to the forefront of higher education for international students.
“I was fortunate to be an international student myself by studying in LA, and I would love to see even more students making the same leap to study across the Atlantic.”
Owain, who is the first Welsh actor to star in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, also underlined the benefits of studying in Wales. “It was an absolute pleasure being involved in such a marvellous evening and for such a great cause. To be part of making sure Wales is firmly put on the map where it belongs was significant for me as I want the world to be as in love with the land of song as I am.
“Having had the good fortune to study abroad I know first-hand how it can expand your personal, professional, and academic life and I’m sure international students who embrace the adventures of studying in wales will be richer for it.
“It’s wonderful to see universities work together with such passion and commitment, and I hope that Study in Wales continues its success in bringing institutions together to make Welsh universities famous on the world stage.”
Magician Paul Vu also entertained guests, and Hannah Schill photographed the reception. Both are alumni in acting from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and California State University, Fullerton.
This article originally appeared on Luca Malacrino’s website.