Join our World Week celebrations

World Week logo

This week our students are celebrating their international diversity in a series of multicultural events for World Week (23–29 October 2016) and staff are welcome to attend. 

This year the annual festival will also highlight our #WeAreInternational campaign, which champions international students, staff, research and collaborations in higher education.

Students began the celebrations on Sunday with the International Languages Festival where people from different cultural backgrounds taught 50-minute taster sessions in languages including Russian, Farsi, Mandarin, Esperanto, Cantonese and Urdu.

The week will end with the World Week Parade (Saturday 29 October), where our 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, Students’ Union International Officer, 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 committee strives for – unity and solidarity among our students.

"World Week has always been an internationalisation campaign for our committee, 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."

We first developed the #WeAreInternational campaign with the Students’ Union in response to the increased difficulties facing international students who wish to study in the UK. And following the EU referendum result we relaunched it nationally.  

The campaign 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.

Activities this week include:

Sheffield's Got Talent

Monday 24 October, 710pm, free entry
A showcase of student talent including poetry, musical acts and dance.

Breaking Boundaries Around the World

Tuesday 25 October, 7.30pm, free entry
An eye-opening discussion on topics including women in engineering, art, disability and mental health.

Fire at sea

Friday 28 October, 7.30pm, £3
Winner of this year's Golden Bear in Berlin, Rosi's hard, unbiased documentary delivers a cold reality of the European migrant crisis.