FRIENDS Reunion at DIU, October 2022
On 12 October 2022, DIU hosted the FRIENDS Reunion event to promote FRIENDS impact and major project achievements, goals and objectives. The event was attended by 27 DIU academic community members and took place face-to-face by observing the currently applicable COVID-19 measures in Cambodia linked to social distancing and public event organization. The FRIENDS Reunion’s agenda at DIU included presentations of project results and impact in Cambodia, keynote speeches and inspirational talks on the importance of cultural dialogue and the relevance of intercultural awareness and competence from employability point of view. (FRIENDS Reunion Agenda, FRIENDS Reunion Presentation, Event Poster)
FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU, August and September 2021
On 22 August 2021, DIU organised the first part of their FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival. The agenda of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU could be found here. During the event, the intercultural communication importance and the concept of internationalisation at home were largely promoted among all the students and staff participating in the event. Students presented a variety of material about Khmer culture including information about Cambodia’s cultural festivals, food and pop music heritage. Staff from overseas countries shared experiences about their interaction with Khmer culture, some traditional and popular aspects of their cultures and more information on their country’s wildlife and natural attractions. Minutes from the firts part of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU could be found here. (August 22nd Event Script, Event Minutes)
The other half-day event of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at DIU was scheduled for 12 September 2021. The agenda could be found here. In total, 195 attendees participated in the two events.
Official Opening Event at DIU, April 2021
On 2nd April 2021, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to disrupt activities in many educational institutions, DIU celebrated the opening of the Erasmus+ funded FRIENDS Teahouse with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This opening, which had been delayed for many months, was celebrated with full awareness of the COVID-19 disease. DIU Co-founder and President Dr. Raymond Zepp gave a speech detailing DIU’s commitment to internationalisation at home and the benefits of being involved in the FRIENDS project. Certificates were also presented to the 3 winners of DIU’s Digital Storytelling Contest, Vet Samnang, Kung Makara, and Thorn Panhapa. The students were also presented with their Intercultural Passports, having completed both the FRIENDS IACD MOOC and the production of a digital story.