University’s diverse international community celebrates World Week

World WeekStudents at the University of Sheffield will celebrate their international diversity in a series of multicultural events for World Week (23 October to 29 October 2016).

The annual festival will also highlight the University and Students’ Union’s support of #WeAreInternational campaign, which champions international students, staff, research and collaborations in higher education.

A week of events will begin with the International Languages Festival on Sunday (23 October 2016) where students from different cultural backgrounds will teach 50-minute taster sessions in languages including Russian, Farsi, Mandarin, Esperanto, Cantonese and Urdu.

Singers and bands will showcase their skills during Sheffield’s Got Talent (Monday 24 October), students can find out more about studying abroad at the Global Opportunities and Exchanges Fair (Wednesday 26 October) and there will be a Mental Health Matters discussion about mental health stigmas in different countries and cultures around the world (Thursday 27 October).

The week will end with the World Week Parade (Saturday 29 October), where the University’s international community will wave flags and wear national dress in a procession from the Students’ Union to the Peace Gardens, accompanied by a Samba band.

Ana Popa, International Officer at Sheffield Students’ Union, said: "We have created a programme of events that are meant to not only celebrate the cultural diversity of Sheffield, but also to reflect and discuss important aspects of our global community such as women in engineering, disability, mental health worldwide and much more.

"#WeAreInternational is not just a campaign – it is our Sheffield identity: the reality that we are indeed global citizens, coming from all over the world to experience the world."

Santhana Gopalakrishnan, Chair of the International Students’ Committee, added: "A wise man once said ‘one day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart’. This is what the ISC strives for – unity and solidarity among our students.

"World Week has always been an internationalisation campaign for ISC, as we hope students from around the world would unite and embrace their cultural differences to show everyone that there is some good in the world, and we are a huge part of it."

The #WeAreInternational campaign was first developed by the University of Sheffield and its Students’ Union in response to the increased difficulties facing international students who wish to study in the UK. It has been relaunched nationally following the EU referendum result.

It is driven by universities, student groups and people across the UK who celebrate the UK’s long history of leading in international higher education. It calls for universities to be given the tools and policies needed to remain open, friendly, inclusive and diverse.

To view the full programme of World Week events visit:

For more information about #WeAreInternational visit

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Additional information


UK universities value international students and staff and are passionate about making sure their contribution to our economy and culture is recognised.

#WeAreInternational, which originally began in 2013, aims to ensure the positive impact of international students and staff is heard. We want to stand together with academics and students to show that universities say no to prejudice and value our international community. We need to ensure the contribution that international students and staff make - not just financial - is celebrated here in the UK and communicated more widely to the world.

#WeAreInternational has received backing from over 100 universities, education institutions and international organisations. To find out more, visit:

The University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2016 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


For further information please contact:

Hannah Postles
Media Relations Officer
University of Sheffield
0114 222 1046