"A celebration of our diversity"
"We want to celebrate the diversity of this campus, which is home to so many different nations, cultures, genders and origins," Lucila Morales de Mittag from the International Center of the European University Flensburg announced right at the beginning. Together with Lena Müller-Falcke, who is enrolled in the Bachelor's programme "European Cultures and Society" at the EUF, she led through the evening."We have very different students with us today - for example, students who are attending university for the first time in their families, or non-binary students, students from poor families. They all belong to different religions. In the fashion show, we have short, tall, thin and not so thin students and of course different cultural backgrounds with us."
There are 377 internationals from 87 countries from Afghanistan to Belarus studying at EUF this semester. A group of international and German students organised a total of 14 programme items for the intercultural celebration.
14 programme elements were organised by the international students. Muhammad Taha Siddiqui from Pakistan, a student at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, started the programme with two songs on acoustic guitar: "Tum or Main" in Urdu and "I can't go". He accompanied Sanika Abhyankar, an Indian Master's student in the programme "Culture - Language - Media", who sang the Hindi song "Laagi laagi re lagan chitchor".
Yasin Dönmez, a Turkish participant in the "Programme for the Study Preparation and Integration of Refugees", played the violin piece "Miisirlou" from his homeland Anatolia.
The impressive vocal solo by Mohammad Nabeel from Palestine with "Ya Tair Al- tayer", accompanied on the drums by Archil Ziga from Ghana, was applauded enthusiastically, as was EUF student Yashaswi Agrawal from India with the Indian classical dance "Manwa Lage". Agnieszka Drążyk from Poland, who is studying German Studies at the University of Gdańsk, played "Impatience" by Heller on the grand piano, followed by Barbora Hanzikova from the Czech Republic, who performed her grandmother's Celtic "Hunting the Hare" on the handmade flute.
"The man I love" by George Gershwin and "Black keys Etude" by Frédéric Chopin were then played by the Italian exchange student Giorgio Gioia, who studies "Culture - Language - Media" at the EUF. The four Ghanaian exchange students Grace Amenuveve Amavi, Emmnauel Adu , Obed Baidoo and Archill Ziga were enthusiastically welcomed with classical dances from their home country and a drum solo.
As every year, the DAAD Prize, endowed with 1000 euros, was awarded for special achievements by foreign students. Yasar Safa Doganci from Turkey was awarded the prize by the Vice President for Europe and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Glassmann. Yasar Safa Doganc is studying for a Master's degree in European Studies at the EUF, is involved in a wide range of intercultural and peace-building activities both inside and outside the EUF t and at the same time has achieved exceptional academic achievements in the field of European Studies.
What it is like to study at the EUF as an international student was shown in a montage of various photo and film shoots by students from Flensburg.
The sustainable kimono fashion show "Seven Robes -Two Faces" celebrated a premiere at the end. The fashion show presented seven individually changeable coats. The students of the educational science sub-programme Textiles & Fashion, Celine Bahsoun , Jette Emser, Josefine Oldoerp, Lena Voß, Lisa Fey, Lukas Viehmann and Marla Sellmer had designed and produced them under the supervision of lecturer Marie-Louise Buchholz.
Over the course of two semesters, the students had developed an interpretation of the guiding themes of "Change" and "Two Faces". In addition, the aim was to reuse as much old clothing as possible to make the fabric panels in the sense of upcycling.
upcycling. The inspiration for this came from patterns of traditional kimonos from Japan, as well as the "sashiko technique", which is a culturally influenced Japanese repair technique,
Japanese repair technique.
The evening ended with a lively reception.