Kuwait via Huddersfield: Students celebrate Kuwait National Day


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VIP: The Head of the Cultural Office from the Kuwaiti Embassy, Dr Fawzan Alfares (second from the right) travelled from London to join in the celebrations

VIP: The Head of the Cultural Office from the Kuwaiti Embassy, Dr Fawzan Alfares (second from the right) travelled from London to join in the celebrations

Over 500 students from around the world helped the Kuwaiti Student Society celebrate their National Day in Huddersfield last week, alongside special guest, Dr Fawzan Alfares, from the Kuwaiti Embassy in London.

Festivities began with the Kuwaiti national anthem being played out to a joyful audience, followed by a special video demonstrating the memorable moments experienced at last year’s celebrations.

Dr Alfares presented certificates and gifts at the celebration, which was open to staff and students, with traditional food, singing and dancing on offer.

INSTRUMENTAL: Students listened to - and participated in playing  -traditional musical instruments from Kuwait

INSTRUMENTAL: Students listened to - and participated in playing -traditional musical instruments from Kuwait

Co-organiser of the student society events held on campus is the University’s International Student Experience Manager Alan Tobi.

He believes these events are vital to the inclusion of the University’s international students.

He said: “The University prides itself on providing a world-class student experience and these events provide a platform for a natural inclusion of our British and international students to learn from one another’s cultures and develop friendships.”

CELEBRATION: Students were clearly enjoying what National Day had to offer

CELEBRATION: Students were clearly enjoying what National Day had to offer

Kuwait’s Independence was decided in 1961 under the leadership of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem.

His reign was so central to the evolution of modern Kuwait that when he died in 1965, the date on which he had ascended the throne in 1950 (25th February), it was designated as a National Day.

There are currently 80 Kuwaiti students studying at Huddersfield and in 2015, the University opened a Middle East office situated in Abu Dhabi.

FLAG: A student waves a flag whilst kitted out in traditional dress

FLAG: A student waves a flag whilst kitted out in traditional dress

Here, prospective students can find help on how to choose the right programme of study at the University of Huddersfield as well as support with the application process.

This year was the second time the Kuwaiti Society has held National Day celebrations and plans are already being put forward for a third.

The event also saw attendance from the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor - International Professor  Dave Taylor - Director of International Development Andrew Mandebura and International Officer Middle East and South Asia, Matt Christie.

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