University celebrates diversity

The University of Wolverhampton has once again celebrated diversity and international culture at its annual International Fair.

The Event, which took place in the Courtyard situated outside the Lord Swraj Paul and Mary Seacole Buildings at the University’s City Campus, ran for most of the day, welcoming visitors from all backgrounds.

The day was also an opportunity to commemorate the Vaisakhi Festival as part of the worldwide celebrations.

Activities included international stalls, live music, and performances from Bollywood, Bhangra, Flamenco, Chinese, Afro Caribbean and Morris dancers.

The fair saw over 20 countries being represented, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, the Czech Republic and Cyprus.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton were also in attendance, officially opening the fair and joining in with the festivities.

The aim of the event was to give staff and students the opportunity to share their cultures through food, dance and traditions, with activities demonstrating many of the different nationalities that make up the University of Wolverhampton.

Staff and students enjoying the International Fair

Derek Walton, Head of the International Centre at the University said: “The University of Wolverhampton is International, with more than 2000 International students studying in the Black Country. 

“The students bring a diversity and vibrancy which begins in the Campus and spreads throughout the Region, and the Fair helps to showcase what they add to our community.”

Susan Hazeldine, International Partnerships and Liaison Officer at the University, who organised the event said: “Huge thanks goes to the students and the International Centre team for helping to make the International Fair 2016 bigger and better this year.

“With 26 countries represented all sharing their culture and heritage with their colleagues and tutors at the University.  

“The event was attended by over 500 people who helped to make it a fun packed occasion.”

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Date Issued: Thursday 5 May 2016

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