WMU International Day 2017

On 20 August, over 250 people gathered together at the Henrik Smith Residence for the annual International Day celebration. The theme for this year’s event was Regional Cooperation.

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, addressed the gathering and thanked the Government of Sweden and the City of Malmö for their support of the University that ultimately enables WMU’s work and enhances global cooperation and capacity building. She encouraged everyone to think about how regional cooperation connects people irrespective of origin, race, culture, language, or religion to advance common objectives, including promoting economic growth and democracy. Regional cooperation can make an effective contribution to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and, in particular, Goal 14 on the ocean, and Goal 17 on partnerships. She stated, “All regions of the globe are represented here today. This gathering is a reflection of our world, and what binds us all is the ocean. Through regional cooperation, we can build a better and more sustainable future for us all, and for this planet that we share.”

International Day has been an annual event at WMU since 1999 and continues to be a highlight of activities and events spread throughout the academic year. This year over 50 countries were represented with national dress, cultural presentations and food. Guests included WMU staff, host families, friends and families of the students.

For an album of photos from International Day 2017, click here.