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UCQ kicks off Diversity Week with its International Day festivities

Fifth annual event celebrates culture and food of 13 countries
March 21, 2017
Countries were represented by booths and cultural shows. This dancer from India drew a large and engaged crowd. Photos by Ian Philip Thompson, University of Calgary in Qatar

Countries were represented by booths and cultural shows. This dancer from India drew a large and engaged crowd. Photos by Ian Philip Thompson, University of Calgary in Qatar

There was no shortage of food at the event, with many students bringing home-cooked treats including this Palestinian spread.

There was no shortage of food at the event, with many students bringing home-cooked treats including this Palestinian spread.

Celebrating diversity on campus, University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) students, faculty and staff gathered together with the local community in Doha to celebrate the fifth annual International Day event. More than 400 attendees were invited to experience dance performances, cultural booths and regional foods from a total of 13 countries.

“At UCQ we have students from more than 39 countries including Canada and Qatar,” says Dr. Deborah White, dean and CEO of UCQ. “Our diversity provides our students with an enormous learning opportunity, both inside and outside the classroom.”

International Day allows UCQ an opportunity to share its wealth of diversity and allow the local community to come to campus to experience the learning and social environment that UCQ offers its students, faculty and staff. Guests were treated to a vast array of offerings ranging from the Palestinian Dabke to a taste of Canadian life with maple syrup on pancakes.

Says undergraduate nursing student Aisha Almaadeed, “International Day is my favourite event of the year. It gives me the opportunity to both learn from my classmates and to immerse myself in other cultures.”