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DMU visits Sweden on third leg of post-Brexit European engagement

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has started the third leg of its summer-long European engagement with a visit to Sweden to show how welcome and important EU students and staff are to the UK.

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At the same time, the trip will illustrate how vital it is to maintain strong links with European countries to ensure students enjoy an unrivalled experience while studying at DMU.

DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard will meet with alumni who now live and work in Sweden and will also catch up with current DMU students who are taking part in a #DMUglobal trip to capital city Stockholm. He will also be speaking to Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet about his visit.

Alumni will include graduates from the university’s prestigious School of Fashion and Textiles who are now working at the Swedish HQ of high street fashion giant H&M.

The students on the #DMUglobal trip will visit Stockholm’s impressive Friends Arena to watch our partners, Premier League champions Leicester City Football Club take on Catalan giants Barcelona in an International Champions Cup match. They will also have an exclusive Q&A with former Leicester City player and Swedish international Pontus Kamark in the centre of Stockholm on the eve of the match. Kamark was a hero in Leicester City colours as part of Martin O'Neill's legendary side. He won the League Cup with City in 1997 and was part of the Swedish squad which finished third in the 1994 World Cup.

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Devised in response to the Government’s challenge to UK universities to send more students overseas, #DMUglobal is giving all students the opportunity for an international experience while they study, with 11,000 set to take part in the programme by 2020.

The meeting with alumni  in Sweden follows successful events in Nicosia, Cyprus, and Warsaw, Poland, which brought dozens of alumni, business and higher education representatives together.

At each event DMU has shared the positive messages from the university’s campaign to promote global education – called #LoveInternational.

Professor Shellard said: “#DMUglobal was designed specifically to offer our students an unrivalled experience at university by broadening their cultural horizons.

“Post-Brexit it is important we continue to show our students how links with the rest of the world are vital for their futures while continuing to build on our reputation for being a global university which welcomes all EU students and staff to DMU and the multicultural city of Leicester.

“We need to let other nations know that, despite recent political developments, DMU, Leicester and the UK are still very much open for business.”

Ty Watson, from DMU’s Alumni Department, said: “Meeting with DMU graduates during our visits to these European capitals is a vital part of the campaign to show that DMU continues to extend a welcome to all and is a truly global university.

“We are incredibly proud of our alumni and the impact they are having around the world following their studies here at DMU and we also acknowledge that they are important international ambassadors for the university. I’m really looking forward to catching up with them and hearing about their continuing success stories in Sweden.”

#LoveInternational, launched following the outcome of the EU Referendum vote, reaffirms what everyone who works and studies at DMU already knows – that the university is welcoming and supportive of all its students and staff.

As an institution proud of its truly global outlook, DMU welcomes students from more than 130 countries in the world.

Leicester – the city at the heart of which DMU’s campus is located – is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with recent research by the London School of Economics naming its Narborough Road as officially the most diverse street in England, with at least 23 different nationalities among the 222 shops along its one-mile length

As part of the #LoveInternational story so far, DMU has created the LoveEU Bundle for EU students which includes, among its assurances, guaranteed home-rate tuition fees up to and including entry in 2018/19.

DMU will also be visiting Lithuania and Germany in August.

Posted on Tuesday 2nd August 2016

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