Ustinov Intercultural Forum
Ustinov College’s motto is Diversitate Valemus: ‘strength in diversity’—an apt phrase since students from more than 100 countries around the world live here, making us one of the most multicultural and multinational student communities in the UK.
To prompt exploration and celebration of our many social, cultural, national, and religious differences.
– Primary objective of the Ustinov Intercultural Forum (UIF)
We want to create a friendly and inclusive environment to bring various cultures together through events such as discussions, social activities and visits, to learn and appreciate cultures of both yours and others, and to embrace differences.
By Sanjukta Nair Photographs by Ines Pandzic and Matthew Roberts Due to the vast collection of artefacts that our local Oriental Museum holds in storage, it is impossible to see all that there is to see in a single trip. Hence it is customary for the UIF to organise multiple museum visits in an academic
The Oriental Museum may be comparatively small to other museums, but it is filled with treasures seldom found elsewhere. As the Intercultural Forum, we look at not only celebrating existing cultures and traditions, but also the history behind them. For international students who make the long journey to Durham, it is without doubt that the
By Sanjukta Nair Photo Credit: Matthew Roberts Despite its morbid sounding name and proximity to Halloween, the Day of the Dead is a joyous celebration of family, love, life and death. It is a day dedicated to remembering the souls of the departed by focusing on everything that they loved, and to celebrate close familial
By Ayako Terui The idea of a tea event was born when I heard from some friends that they like matcha (green tea) flavoured snacks, and introduced them to the Japanese tea ceremony. However, I was also interested in the British afternoon tea, and the diversity of tea cultures which are seen in the world.
By Ho Kunyang ‘I am from China; I am Chinese.’ I have been repeating this phrase since the first day I arrived in Durham. I enjoy this foreignness, this sense of exoticism, the feeling that I can start afresh because I have been reduced to a single identity, my nationality. There are so many things
By Iqbal Ahmed The Ustinov Intercultural Forum (UIF) at Durham University hosted ‘Lost in Translation: A Café Culture’, an intercultural event, on 15 November 2017 to discuss similarities and differences between Japanese and English culture. Ayako Terui, a marketing postgraduate student from Japan, and a member of the UIF team, hosted the event. “‘Lost in