#DMUglobal in New York 2019
More than 1,000 final-year students and academics are kicking-off 2019 in New York as DMU steps up its #LoveInternational campaign in the United States.
The students started setting off on Thursday 3 January and will be in the Big Apple for a week. They’ll take part in once-in-a-lifetime educational trips bringing classroom study to vivid life, as well as immersing themselves in the diverse cultures which make ‘the city that never sleeps’ so unique.
DMU is holding another major event at the headquarters of the United Nations, where students will fill one of the building’s legendary debating chambers. This time they will share ideas about furthering the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address global challenges such as hunger, health, education, climate change and social justice, aiming to ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. DMU has been chosen by the United Nations Academic Impact group as a ‘designated hub’ for SDG number 16, which promotes peace, justice and strong institutions at all levels.
Alongside this, large numbers of students will be taking part in volunteering schemes across New York with the university’s community campaign #DMUlocal, visiting charities and working in a soup kitchen off Broadway.
Watch our New York 2019 preview video
Special subject visits
A total of 29 subject visits have been organised. These include a tour of Ground Zero with a survivor of 9/11, meeting New York’s Chief Medical Officer to discuss healthcare and criminology, a tour of Wall Street, visits to some of the world’s greatest museums and art galleries, discussions on urban music and a visit to the Supreme Court.
Zara Sattar, a third-year Education Studies student, said: “We are going to be able to network with people from around the world and take in cultural trips. The opportunities are amazing.”
Jamie Wilson, who studies Arts and Festivals Management, added: “We will be taking part in workshops in Broadway among other things. It is amazing to be offered opportunities that we would never experience if we went to New York off our own backs.”
The entire trip embodies DMU’s #LoveInternational campaign, which promotes the benefits of international travel and study. The initiative was launched following the EU Referendum vote two years ago, to celebrate the contribution of international students and staff working and studying at DMU, while opposing discrimination and prejudice, and reasserting that DMU is welcoming to, and supportive of, international students and staff.
The campaign has been taken across Europe to countries such as Poland, Cyprus, Germany and Sweden and it was shortlisted for The Guardian University Awards 2018 as campaign of the year.
Follow all the events
We’ll be updating this page with videos, stories and photographs documenting students’ experiences as they appear. As usual, you can also follow the activities on any of our social media channels at the links below.
Posted on: Thursday 03 January 2019