DMU students to support European refugees in "most ambitious" international trip yet

Hundreds of students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are to travel through Europe working to support refugees in four different cities.

More than 200 people on a variety of courses have signed up to the latest epic visit organised through #DMUglobal – the university’s international experience programme.


The trip will see four groups of students flown from the UK out across Europe, heading respectively to Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

In each of the cities students will experience hands-on opportunities with groups or communities supporting refugees and other disadvantaged people.


Then all students will meet in Berlin to take part in a DMU event focused around the concept of global citizenship. Students will share what they have learnt from their visits and through group sessions, speed lectures, and panel discussions, develop ideas for projects and work which could be developed back in Leicester.

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Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of DMU, said this was the “most exciting and ambitious #DMUglobal trip yet”.

He said: “Our European trip is the next natural step for #DMUglobal.

“Added to its educational, cultural and social mission, we can now see emerging new and exciting ambassadorial and activist roles that ensure a continuing commitment to the public good.”


In Paris, the Utopia56 group has invited students to its headquarters, giving them insights into how it supports the city’s homeless refugees.

In Brussels, Serve the City operates out of the Haren Centre, providing shelter and food to the city’s most vulnerable. Students will be helping to provide food and meet some of the people the group supports.

And in Amsterdam, students will visit Amsterdam University College to hear from and talk with the Mission: Right2Education group, which offers English and Dutch language classes to refugees throughout the city.


Third year Mental Health Nursing student Jabulani Ndlovu is set to travel to Berlin as part of the trip.

He said: “I want to be able to share experiences with the people of Berlin and compare them. I want to know how refugees are supported to get food, clothing, shelter and financial help.

“It will also be fascinating to find out about mental health issues and the type of care offered in Germany. How do the refugees cope with the experiences they had before arriving in Germany while facing the pressures of starting again in a different country.

Meanwhile students will also be taking part in a number of visits and trips in Berlin which will enrich their academic studies, alongside further volunteer work to support refugees.

These visits will include Medical Science students getting leading insights into dissection and anatomical preservation techniques at the famous Plastinarium, founded by physician and inventor Gunther von Hagen.

While computing students will visit the Berlin Computer Games Museum and the Technikmuseum, to get a wide range of experience about the latest technological advances and the history of computing.

Posted on Tuesday 4th September 2018

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