More than 1,000 final-year students and supporting academics have reached the end of their trip across the Atlantic. They’ve spent the last week taking in inspirational study visits relevant to their degrees and cultural trips to expand their horizons under the banner of DMU’s #LoveInternational campaign.
Hundreds also attended the Universities #JoinTogether conference at the United Nations on Monday to discuss vital issues affecting the planet. In this final recap, we look at more highlights of what has proved to be an eventful and fascinating experience. Click on the links for more on each story.
On Madison Avenue, Media and Communications and Journalism and Media students saw ‘Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy’ at The Met Breuer, a provocative exhibition exploring hidden operations of power and the mutual suspicion between governments and its citizens.
Film Studies students went on a walking tour of many of the city's iconic movie locations and went to the Paris Theatre, the oldest cinema still operating in New York.
Finance, Economics and Accounting students were shown life at the heart of the financial world with an exclusive tour of the Bloomberg headquarters.
Psychology students were given a tour of the American Museum of Natural History, considered one of the world’s most outstanding scientific and cultural institutions.
Elsewhere, a group of students visited the Google HQ for an informative talk from employees of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and their work to create peace and justice for all citizens.
Nearly 40 Marketing students were given sage advice during a visit to McCann, one of the world's leading advertising agencies. Student Lauren Roberts said: “Today gave me a real insight into agency life and I feel like it’s opened my eyes to new opportunities once I graduate.”
Fashion students went to the New York offices of Joules, a company that was founded in Market Harborough 30 years ago but is also flourishing in the US. Student Shi Hua Ou said: “It was really interesting to hear about a UK business moving to the USA and the challenges that it brings.”
Meanwhile, Policing students took an eye-opening tour with a retired NYPD detective through Lower Manhattan. Taking in legendary spots in Little Italy and Chinatown, the students saw the streets and restaurants where countless Mafia hits were made and movies were shot.
A meticulously restored historic synagogue in Manhattan was the spiritual setting of a visit by History students. Students heard from a passionate tour guide that it was built during a period of mass immigration to the United States (1880-1924) – including more than 2.5 million Jews from Eastern Europe – and provided a sanctuary from the crowded streets, poor living conditions and factories.
Callum Christie, a 20-year-old student from Leighton Buzzard, said: “#DMUglobal has been really good to me, as I got to go to Berlin in my first year too. The thing I love most about these trips is that they pack a lot into a short space of time.”
Find out more
A dedicated webpage here shows videos, stories and photographs documenting our students’ experiences over the last few days. As usual, you can also look back at the activities on any of our social media channels at the links below, where there’s lots more to see.
Posted on Thursday 10th January 2019