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NMMU News

07/08/2015

Showcasing and creating awareness of the various cultures under one umbrella, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Office for International Education’s International Diversity Week activities from11 to 14 August 2015 promises to be fun-filled and educational. 

From live performances, to language workshops, to panel discussions, to cultural food days, the Diversity Week Programme is sure to leave audiences feeling positive, excited and thoroughly entertained.

The programme exhibits the diverse cultures through an array of activities and events which feature the various International students studying at NMMU. This fun filled programme is further aimed at providing additional knowledge and awareness about the different cultures in an effort to promote intercultural understanding, tolerance and mutual respect among all.

The week will kick off on 11 August 2015 from 12:00 – 13:00, with a live performance by the NMMU Madibaz Band setting the pace for the rest of the week. Taking place outside the Student Kraal on the NMMU South Campus, students and staff are sure to have an entertaining hour. Additionally, for the duration of the week, the International Diversity programme has included a Portuguese Language workshop which will take place daily during the university’s lunch hour. The aim of this workshop will be to familiarise attendees with the Portuguese culture and the basics of this intriguing language.

Also the same day, the Office for International Education will be hosting a Portuguese food day, which will take plkace inside the Rendezvous Café on the South Campus. The venue will be covered from floor to ceiling in décor which will represent the core elements of Portugal. The restaurant will further be serving a deliciously planned out buffet consisting of foods and desserts from Portugal. Slideshow presentations showcasing the cultures, music and famous tourist destinations of each country will simultaneously be presented on the restaurants big screen to educate and inform the restaurant guests of the Portuguese traditions.

On Wednesday, 12 August, The Office for International Education, in association with “Happy Ethiopia Restaurant” in Central, will host an Ethiopian Coffee Ritual Ceremony, as well as have Ethiopian Food for sale in the Rendezvous Café at 12:00 until 14:00.

Lastly, Dr Darla Deardorff, Fulbright Scholar at NMMU, shall present a talk at North Campus, titled: “Golden Key: Skills and attributes that intercultural competent graduates should possess”, which anyone is welcome to attend and part-take in.

On Thursday, 13 August, customers of the Rendezvous Café will have another opportunity to experience a cultural food day, as the Office for International Education will be hosting Egyptian food day where customers will receive a full on Egyptian cultural experience, from seeing Egyptian style decorations to enjoying some traditional Egyptian food, that shall be served buffet style from 11:30 till 14:00. In addition to this on 13 of August at 17:00, Dr Darla Deardorff will be presenting another talk, this time addressing “Leadership and Intercultural Competence” which will be held at NMMU Business School Auditorium, 2nd Avenue Campus.

Drawing the week to a close, on Friday 14 August from 11:00 – 14:00, is the fun event of the week - the Multicultural Extravaganza - which takes place in the Bedouin Tent outside the Kraal on South Campus. Students, both local and international, are invited to take part in all the activities that feature during the multicultural extravaganza, and onlookers are encouraged to learn as much as they can about the featuring countries that students choose to represent.

Stalls will be set up in the tent where the participating students/countries will exhibit information, souvenirs and paraphernalia and/or have displays of artifacts, and so on of items and illustrations which best represent their country. Additionally, the students have to cook traditional meals and bring it on the day, display it at their stalls and hand out samples of their uniquely traditional meals to staff, students and members of the general public. Selected academic and administrative staff will judge the stalls and an award will be presented to the most creative and innovative three stalls. Signed up countries so far include Zimbabwe, France, Botswana, Malawi, East Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria and Swaziland.

Also included in this day’s programme, will be an international cultural fashion show in which the international students have the opportunity to introduce and showcase their traditional country attire on the ramp. This is also judged by a selected panel of judges on innovation and ability to showcase their country the best, with the top three acts receiving prizes.

To create an energetic and enthusiastic environment for the whole day, there will also be a full programme of entertainment with the emphasize on cultural diversity, including the Well Done Sun Band, many singers, dancers, poets, competitions and prizes to give away to audience members. This is an annual event that attracts students by the thousands… Free food, fashion show, entertainment and a whole lot of memories to be made, it is an event not to miss out on.

For more information on this week, Janine Wagenaar can be contacted on tel. 041 504 4093 or e-mail janine.wagenaar@nmmu.ac.za.