FRIENDS Reunion at SRU, December 2021
As part of the FRIENDS project, SRU organized a FRIENDS Reunion event to promote on campus FRIENDS’ impact and major project achievements. The Reunion event was attended by 25 participants and was broken down into two major events to promote key project results. The events took place between 13 to 23 December 2021. The event was attended by 25 SRU academic community members and took place face-to-face by observing the respective COVID-19 measures in Cambodia linked to social distancing and public event organization. The FRIENDS Reunion’s agenda at SRU included project results and impact presentations on the importance of cultural dialogue and the relevance of intercultural awareness and competence from employability point of view. The event was an important opportunity for everyone involved in FRIENDS to exchange ideas and project experiences. This was a chance for the Cambodian students who have completed the IACD MOOC to meet and greet each their. The event emphasized on the various changes through which the project has gone through over the past two years and it provided a stage to the students to reflect and talk about how their engagement with FRIENDS and the establishment of the Teahouse at SRU affected their lives on campus and enhanced student engagement at SRU. (FRIENDS Reunions Agenda, MOOC Syllabus, Digital Storytelling Presentation)
FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at SRU, July and September 2021
On 22 July 2021, in Cambodia, SRU organized the first part of their FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival. The agenda of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at SRU could be found here. A presentation of Cambodia and New Zealand’s culture was made to the students by SRU staff members and external guests. The top 3 students who completed the Intercultural Passport virtual module and whose digital stories were selected as the three best ones, also were invited to present their to share their intercultural experience with all the participants at the event (FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at SRU Presentation, New Zealand Culture Presentation).
The second half-day event of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at SRU was scheduled for 2 September 2021. The agenda of the FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at SRU can be found here. The two events were attended by 274 participants in total.
Official Opening Event at SRU, October 2020
On 22 October 2020, the SRU FRIENDS Teahouse established in Building DOO3 was formally launched. The multicultural student social hub is in a central location on campus and in close proximity to other venues frequented by students. The location is close to SRU Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Languages, which will be managing the facility in partnership with the Student Management team, which comprises the 3 top students from the Digital Storytelling Contest.