AIA Buddy Program - O-week, Leadership and Celebration of Culture

AIA Buddy Program - O-week, Leadership and Celebration of Culture


BEGIN THE FRIENDSHIP. The 19th of February marked a great start of the year for us at Lifesaver Day. Our crew went far and beyond to set up a live international cooking show in the central courtyard. It was a great hit among the freshers, students and staff alike. Our exotic, mouth-watering and global delicacies ranged from the Maldivian cuisine, incredible Indian spices through to exotic Southeast Asian treats. On our menu were Maldivian Mas-Huni, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Chinese Dumplings, African Ugali and Korean Kimchi just to name a few. They were all made on-site by a group of lovely international students who volunteered to be our cooks for the day. The international cuisines were also very interactive, enabling several lucky freshers the chance to help our cooks in making Indian Naan bread from scratch. Our stall was abuzz with life, international food and music from the start to the very end of the day until the last bite of the food was gone. The many new friends we made were splendid. It was sure to be a start of something to build upon for the years to come. All in all, it was an amazing day for everyone involved.


Who said being a leader is a painful job? Apparently not us! Or, at least that was what Adam F. Blakester of the Starfish Enterprises Network made us believe. It was a fun-filled, interactive and highly informative day at our Future Leaders Workshop on Saturday, 2nd of March. With a promising group of 30 Australian and international students gathered inside Room 104 of the Education Building, we explored leadership in cross-cultural contexts with active engagement and enthusiasm throughout the successful one-day workshop. It was impressive to see the new generation coming together, ready to take the world to a bright and better future with cultural understandings in mind.


Did you know that there are students from over 60 nationalities here at UNE? Well, now you do! So, what do we do when such a massive cultural diversity gathers here in this small corner of the world? We celebrate of course! Come along to the ‘I Love Culture Festival’ on March 27 for a night of unforgettable cultural celebration. The fun starts around 6pm at the Northern Courtyard of UNE, and the night will then flow continuously into an international themed Stro Night here on UNE campus! There will be an amazing collection of international food, music, performance, dance, film, workshop and many more! Save the date on your calendar because this event is definitely a must-go! So grab your family and friends, bring your date as everyone is welcomed to this event. Come and let your senses explode in this incredible celebration of culture. Entry by gold coin donation.

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