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Tuesday 3 November 2015

Solent goes global

This year’s One World Fair saw more than 300 Solent students, staff and members of the local community come to celebrate the city’s diversity at the end of Black History Month.

The event featured several events designed to promote the integration of new and existing students and the community. These included demonstrations by the Community Chef, a Bollywood dancing workshop from Art Asia and an African drumming workshop by African Activities.


Attendees were also able to have fun with a photo booth, enter competitions, get a henna tattoo on their hand and decorate cupcakes, as well as visiting the various stalls promoting events and services around the University.

A raffle held in aid of the Clear Project by the City Life charity raised £51.33. The money will be used to improve the quality of life for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Southampton, with the charity providing free advice and support to establish and develop refugee communities.

The One World Fair was opened by Solent’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin, and local councillor Satvir Kaur, who is the cabinet member for Communities, Culture and Leisure as well as a Solent alumna and member of the University’s board of governors.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin presenting Councillor Satvir Kaur with a gift for opening the ceremony.

Professor Baldwin said: “Internationalisation is very important to us as a University. We want our students to have the opportunity as much as possible to mix with people of different cultures and from different backgrounds. That’s essential in terms of preparing them for a future in an increasingly global society and an increasingly global community.

“We benefit tremendously as a city from having this multicultural approach and by having so many people from different cultures and backgrounds who contribute to the life in this area. I appreciate everyone coming along and making their contribution to this important event.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Baldwin and Councillor Satvir Kaur receiving a gift from the Chinese Associate of Southampton, which reads ‘you will get what you want.’

Satvir Kaur said: “Southampton, especially being a port city, has had people come here to settle, to work, travel and trade from for centuries and in recent years, we’ve had thousands of students every single year join us from all over the world.

“It has made Southampton what it is: vibrant, multi-skilled, resourceful, creative, ambitious, and so much more. Being born and bred Southampton, nothing makes me prouder.”

She also urged: “Please get involved in your local community. Enjoy the city and the great things and events we’ve got to offer. Look after it, but most of all, make the most of your studies here at Solent and be a part of Southampton’s potential. Students that have studied at Solent and have gone on to great things have all helped put Southampton on the map, and I’m confident you all will too.”

Take a look at our photographs; we hope you’ll join us next year!

Jodie Finch, third year music journalism student at Solent, said: “I came to One World Fair last year and really enjoyed it. This year I’ve really liked the Community Chef. All of the stuff he made was vegan, which can be found a lot in international food – the English can learn something from that!”
Unity 101 Radio had competitions running.
The Chinese Association of Southampton