Ustinov Intercultural Forum (UIF)
Ustinov College is a unique in that it brings together students from more than 100 countries from around the world in a county which is statistically one of the least diverse in the UK. Because of this, Ustinov College is the most multi-cultural college in Durham University, and one of the most multi-cultural student communities in the UK!
In a community full of differences, we believe that instead of separating students, these aspects of diversity should be seen as strengths, and engagement with these differences deserves a great attention. The primary objective of the Ustinov Intercultural Forum (UIF) is to explore 'what links us to other people' (Baker, 2008), to promote interactions among students sharing the same or different cultural backgrounds in the form of social events, group discussion, cultural presentations, workshops, visits and travel, etc. The UIF is run by a committee of Ustinov scholars and many, many volunteers, and we are always happy to meet people that would like to get involved. The experience will be a unique and significant benefit both to your time in Durham and your career in the future!
If you would like to know about what is coming up in the calendar, or if you have an idea for an event that you would like to see organised, just contact us via email, or find us in many social networks: we have a Facebook group, a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a Google+ account. If you think you could get fully engaged in the project and are ready to make the 'big step' of joining the UIF Committee, please get in touch with the current UIF contact person, Cesare Aloisi, via email.
Since I joined the Ustinov Intercultural Forum as a GCP scholar, I have found myself more enthusiastic and motivated about my personal, educational, and career development. I believe that this is because of support and activities offered by the Global Citizenship Programme and the recognition of the skills that I have demonstrated and developed as a UIF member. My participation has improved my knowledge of interesting areas of research, communication skills, networking, team-working, and attitude towards challenges, and I find myself continuously developing and advancing to new levels.Hanna Lee (PhD Management)