FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at BUC, June 2021
BUC Erasmus+ FRIENDS Team has successfully organized its 1st Virtual Intercultural Festival on the 28th of July 2021.
With the theme ‘Road Trips Across Malaysia’, this activity was organized virtual due to the extended lockdown in Malaysia. The agenda of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at BUC is available here.
The FRIENDS Virtual International and Intercultural Festival activity started with an opening address by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Ahmad bin Othman. The event continued with a webinar on Malaysia’s Heritage Cuisine and a short video presentation of students, colleagues, and friends to share their experiences living and studying in Malaysia and how these experiences have helped them in their daily life as professionals in the hospitality industry. A video showcasing an Indian dance performed by the students in Diploma in Patisserie and a live performing through zoom by a bachelor student, Aurelia Theola, currently in Indonesia, performing 2 Indonesian folk songs was also held.
There was also a session with the EU – opening remarks by HE Michalis Rokas, Ambassador and EU Head of Delegation to Malaysia and Presentation by Mr Adrian Veale of EU Commission Brussels on ‘Key EU Internationalisation Initiatives and Educational Exchanges as Affirmative Actions’. This session was one of the most anticipated sessions in this first edition of the virtual intercultural festival. One of the reasons is the presence of 2 prominent guest in the form of HE Michalis Rokas, the Ambassador and Head of EU delegation to Malaysia and also the presentation by Mr Adrian Veal of EU Commission in Brussels. This event was also attended by FRIENDS project partner from the Philippines, University of Cebu, colleagues from Bhutan, Ms Christina Armutlieva of VUM also the FRIENDS Project Main Coordinator, and the EU delegation as invited guests as well.
The event closed with a cooking demonstration by Dr Molly KP Anandan. She showed participants on how to cook Mutton Varuval, a popular Indian dish.
Official Opening Event at BUC, August 2020
On 19 August 2020, BUC held a FRIENDS Open House to present the Intercultural Passport certificates to students who had successfully obtained them during the virtual module’s piloting stage as well as introduce the FRIENDS Teahouse to BUC academic community. The newly established unit is a multi-cultural hub and social space where students from different cultural backgrounds will meet, co-create and learn from one another. The FRIENDS Teahouse’ opening event at BUC was graced by Ms. Ellen Flanagan, the Political Attache at the EU Delegation to Malaysia who presented a keynote address on the topic of Internationalisation Initiative in Higher Education.