FRIENDS International and Intercultural Day at SLU, May and July 2021
On 7 May 2021, SLU organised the iCREaTE 2021 – “International & Intercultural Day”. The celebration of unity and fostering diversity was attended by 1967 participants from 163 participating schools and local and foreign attendees. The event included country presenters from Nigeria, Indonesia, Yemen, Mongolia, Korea, Sudan, Thailand, Philippines and China. During the event, two expert speakers delivered presentations on the topics of “Innovation through Internationalisation”, Ms Chrtistina Armutlieva (Varna University of Management, Bulgaria) and “Increasing Access to Global Learning and Intercultural Awareness through Digitalisation”, Ms Ayse Deniz Ozkan (Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey). The agenda of the International and Intercultural Day at SLU could be found here.
In addition to this, another half-day event namely “ASEAN International Festival” was held on 27 July 2021 as an online celebration of different countries and cultures. In addition, the IACD MOOC as one of the main components of the Intercultural Passports was discussed and presented. The topic of Whys & Wherefores of Multicultural Diversity was broadly discussed with the participants at the event and several presentations were provided as well. The agenda of the celebration could be found here.
Official Opening Event at SLU, November 2020
The launching of SLU FRIENDS Teahouse under the auspices of the External Relations, Media, and Communications, and Alumni Affairs (ERMCAA) Office was held on 25 November 2020 to coincide with SLU’s 109th foundation celebration. The physical setup was blessed by the President himself – Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales. The Teahouse is located at the second floor of SLU’s Administrative Building in Baguio City and has a backdoor entrance for easy access of the students. The SLU FRIENDS Teahouse is an integral component of the University’s purposeful integration of intercultural dimensions into its formal and informal curricula. It aims to strengthen SLU internationalisation capabilities and to develop local and international students’ global competence. Moreover, the FRIENDS Teahouse provides to clients incl. faculty, staff, visitors, and even the alumni occasions for academic, research, and cultural exchanges. This commitment is also extended to SLU’s relevant partner communities to foster cooperation. Finally, the International Students Association (ISA) at SLU that became operational in September 2019 is now placed under the FRIENDS Teahouse’s supervision.