City of Malmö Welcome Dinner, 2017
The City of Malmö has hosted WMU since the University was founded in 1983, and the annual City of Malmö Welcome Dinner for the incoming students was held on 10 October in the Old City Hall. The Welcome Dinner is the occasion when the new students are introduced to their local host families. Over 300 guests were in attendance including current students and their families, host families, and WMU faculty and staff.
Mr. Kent Andersson, Mayor of Malmö, Chairman of the Malmö City Council, and WMU Governor, welcomed the guests to the historic Old City Hall. Chairman Andersson noted the honor of hosting WMU in Malmö and the contribution the University makes to the local community, in the true spirit of the United Nations, fostering cross-cultural understanding and also supporting the vital global shipping industry.
WMU President, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, thanked Chairman Andersson and the City for their ongoing support of the University and noted the commitment of the City to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity to study in such a welcoming, beautiful, and sustainably oriented city, and thanked the host families for their generosity in sharing the Swedish culture with the students.
Newly elected Student Council President for the Class of 2018, Mr. Abud Jamal Said from Kenya, expressed appreciation to the City for hosting the University which ultimately supports future maritime leaders from around the globe. He expressed the enthusiasm of his classmates in not only the opportunity to advance their maritime careers at WMU, but to learn more about Sweden through interacting with their host families.
WMU organizes the host family programme to help foster contact with, and insight into, Swedish culture. Each host family is matched with one or two students who are invited to their host’s home during the 14-month programme of study at WMU. Many of the relationships fostered result in lifelong friendships that are maintained after the students graduate and return home. For information about becoming a host family for WMU students, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.