There wasn’t a lot of talking going on during 30 to 40 mostly students’ consumption of a beautifully displayed giant smorgasbord of food from around the world in UCW’s downtown campus lobby on August 9. In fact, that and the odd whispered commentary were demonstration enough of everyone’s utter enjoyment of the Greek, Chinese, Italian and Salvadoran dishes laid out for all to dig into.
“The main purpose of the UCW-sponsored, end-of-the-term smorgasbord is to provide students from all over the world with an opportunity to taste and learn a bit about each other’s national foods,” explains Vera Szekely, UCW administrator.
“We choose about four different countries each term and look for the best place from which we can get authentic foods. We usually order one speciality food from each country and have a poster beside each dish that details its country of origin’s flag and information about the dish.”
UCW is known for attracting a diverse international population. Many of the 20 UCW graduands attending the university’s 2016 convocation this summer originated from China, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia and South Korea.
UCW is part of the Global University Systems (GUS) international network of higher education institutions headquartered in the Netherlands. With institutions and affiliates across the UK, Canada, Germany and Singapore, the group educates more than 50,000 students from 160 different nationalities.
UCW delivers programs that provide students with the applied and theoretical basis for success in the workplace and future academic endeavours. Established in 2004 by former University of Victoria president David Strong, UCW offers quality education with courses that transfer broadly into the public education system. Courses are offered at UCW’s downtown Vancouver campus and online. For more information visit www.ucanwest.ca.
Carol Thorbes, Communications/Media Relations
Written by UCW News Team