International Students Societies uniting campus
International festival unites the University
One of the highlights in the University’s events calendar took place in October on campus.
The much loved and highly influential ‘International Food and Culture Festival’ took place in the Central Services Building, this time with a slightly different twist.
Split between two floors with two different stages, over 2,000 people attended the event and enjoyed food, fun and friendships made among students and staff.
The event is hosted by the International Student Societies who put on a great display of cultural activities, performances, fashions and cuisines. Among the countries who participated this time were: Bulgaria, India, Kurdistan, China, America, Nigeria, The Baltic’s, Romania, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Latin America, Cyprus, Germany, Czech-Republic, Slovakia, Taiwan, Greece, Iraq, Burma, Thailand, East Africa, France, Pakistan, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
Alan Tobi from the University’s International Marketing department said: “Once again our international students have delivered a fantastic event that seems to be growing each time. It was especially nice to see so many friendships and good relations forming through this uplifting event. I want to personally thank all the students who worked so hard on their food tables and performances on stage; you are a real credit to this University. I would also like to extend my thanks to the Campus Events team, Events Management team and all the wonderful volunteers who helped organise and make this event possible, too many to mention but you know who you are.”
Plans for the next festival have already begun with a date being scheduled for March 2014.
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The University of Huddersfield has been announced as the Times Higher Education University of the Year for 2013. This follows hot on the heels of its success at the awards last year where it collected the Entrepreneurial University of the Year award.
The University of the Year is awarded to ‘an institution that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the past academic year’. The winner should also evidence ‘particular bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced the institution’s reputation’.
Inspiring, innovative and international
The University’s vision is, ‘To be an inspiring, innovative university of international renown’ and judges were impressed with the evidence to support the drive towards achieving this ambition. The judges highlighted key elements that set the university apart including:
·Its commitment to its students with nationwide top 10 ratings for student satisfaction and graduate employability as well as a top 10 rating for financial security.
·The opening of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, a collaboration with conglomerate 3M to foster business partnerships leading to new research, technology transfer and entrepreneurial ideas.
·The award of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade as well as a top 10 position in the 2012 International Student Barometer.
·A commitment to excellence in teaching – Huddersfield is the only University in the UK where 100 per cent of academic staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy – which provides professional recognition of their teaching abilities.
These factors, combined with a continued commitment to being ‘a university that is at the heart of its home town’ meant that Huddersfield came out on top of a shortlist of six for the top award on the night, cementing its position as one of the country’s most innovative universities.
With the increasing number of international students coming to the University of Huddersfield especially in the last five years, it’s no surprise that the campus and student body is becoming more cosmopolitan and interested in cultural diversity.
Over the last two years there have been an increasing number of international student societies setting up around campus. Throughout the academic year you may have seen some of these societies celebrating national days or hosting cultural events. Some of the highlights of this year have been the Spring Festival, Latin American Day and the Nigerian Independence Day celebrations.
Nicola Jowett is studying Law at the University and says, "As a British student I love to see international societies holding various events around campus because it brings colour and life into the University. These events also bring together cultures of the world to share experience and bridge the gap between many of these different cultures.
“The events give the student body a fantastic opportunity to experience authentically the different cultures from around the world without having to travel far. Often when people travel they stick to the tourist places, with the international societies holding these events, students can have a real taste of what each culture is like while interacting with each other. I would also like to think that these events inspire both British and international students to interact more and make every student feel at home."
University of Huddersfield breaks into Top 50 Universities in the UK
The University of Huddersfield has made another leap up the league tables and is now ranked amongst the UK’s Top 50 Universities in the Guardian’s 2013 University Guide. The University is now placed at number 48, a climb of 48 places in 3 years.
Huddersfield also continues to achieve strong subject specific results, placing 2nd for Education, 15th for Art & Design and 22nd for Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Dean of International Development Professor David Taylor said, “This is testament to the high quality teaching that students receive at the University of Huddersfield and the dedication of our teachers, who were scored second in the whole country for the detailed feedback that they give in order to help our students to improve their performance.
The league table also measures graduate job prospects, so it is also testament to the hard work of our students in previous years and the career success that they have been rewarded with. We strive to keep our tuition fees as low as we can, both for home and international students, whilst investing in our campus and facilities, so it is no surprise that the University of Huddersfield is the fastest growing international university in the UK. A high quality education at an affordable cost is what all students deserve.”
The Guardian University Guide 2013
Bangladeshi Society welcomes High Commission for independence celebrations
The University of Huddersfield was pleased to welcome the Assistant High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the campus in April.
Mr Zokey Ahad (pictured) was the VIP guest at the Bangladeshi Independence Day celebrations hosted by the University’s Bangladeshi Student Society on campus.
During his visit Mr Ahad met many of the Bangladeshi students at the University including the President of the Bangladeshi Student Society Md Shams Tabriz.
Tabriz who is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Huddersfield will be employed at General Motors later this year for his paid work placement as part of his degree course.
As part of the day long event on campus, Tabriz was joined by the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan and Professor David Taylor, Dean of International Development who showed Mr Ahad around the campus. This included a tour around the Engineering Design studios where Tabriz does most of his project work.
In honour of the Assistant High Commissioner’s visit, the student society hosted a day of events with traditional music, dancing, singing and food to celebrate Bangladeshi Independence Day.
Strong links between the University of Huddersfield and Bangladesh means the institution have welcomed students from the country for about 12 years and about one thousand young Bangladeshis have come to Huddersfield, to study a wide range of subjects, mostly scientific and technical. Professor Bob Cryan said, “I am proud to think that by teaching and training a large number of Bangladeshis, enabling them to achieve their full potential, this University has played its part in the continuing development of their country.”
Mr Ahad added, “It was indeed an utmost privilege and honour to have the opportunity to visit the esteemed University of Huddersfield. I was extremely pleased to see the activities of the Bangladesh Student Society in portraying Bangladesh abroad. I am looking forward to visiting the University again and again in near future, and from the very bottom of my heart I wish all the best to the faculty and students of Huddersfield.”
Students from Bangladesh have certainly proved highly successful while still studying in the UK and on their return home. Currently, for example, the University has Bangladeshi students in fields such as automotive engineering and chemistry that have beaten off very stiff competition in a demanding selection process to earn themselves valuable placement years with multi-national companies, including General Motors.
There are a great many success stories among Huddersfield Bangladeshi alumni. On return to their homeland they have achieved senior positions in industrial companies and in the academic world that include a university professor.
“Currently we have 42 Bangladeshi students enrolled at the University of Huddersfield and they have a thriving Bangladeshi Society, while also playing a role in the wider life of our community”, added Professor Taylor. “They are excellent ambassadors for the people and the country of Bangladesh and so it is highly appropriate that a senior figure from the country’s High Commission should have the opportunity to meet them.”