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Celebrating Diversity, Embracing Unity: International Week 2024

29 May 2024

From 29-30 April, the International Students’ Society (ISS) of IMU University hosted its annual celebration of diversity and global citizenship – International Week 2024. This event, organised by ISS’ dedicated committee, aimed to foster cultural exchange, enhance global awareness, and strengthen bonds within our vibrant community.

Opening Ceremony: Embracing Unity in Diversity

The festivities commenced with an inspiring opening ceremony, inviting students, faculty, and staff to embark on a journey of cultural exploration. Against the backdrop of our theme to celebrate our international students, attendees were welcomed by esteemed guests, including Group Managing Director, IMU Group, Prof Gerard George, whose enlightening words set the tone for the week ahead. We shared our vision of promoting cross-cultural understanding and embracing the richness of our diverse community, echoing the sentiment that unity transcends borders and differences.


The IMU Drama Club also made an amazing effort in preparing a skit for our opening ceremony, which aimed to celebrate and share the different cultural groups that IMU has.

Highlights of the Event: A Tapestry of Cultures

Throughout International Week, a kaleidoscope of activities unfolded, inviting participants to immerse themselves in the traditions, cuisines, and customs of various cultures represented within our community. From interactive activities, culinary delights, and traditional performances, each event served as a bridge connecting individuals from different backgrounds, fostering empathy, respect, and mutual understanding.

There were several highlights from the event, from the NS IPPT booth; as a representation of Singapore’s mandatory National Service that all men have to partake in, to the Indian booth which sold everyone’s all-time favourite: pani puri. Many activities were prepared to represent different countries and cultures; including Singapore, Korea, Myanmar, India, Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. One of the most impressive booths included the Myanmar booth; the students decided it would be best to wake up at 6 am to prepare food for the event on both days.

We are truly grateful to all the students who volunteered to manage the booths and especially those who invested their time and effort into preparing for the booths. The event would not have been successful without their help.

Conclusion: Empowering Changemakers, Building Bridges

As International Week drew to a close, we gathered once more to reflect on the memories shared and the connections forged. With gratitude in our hearts and a renewed commitment to fostering inclusivity and understanding, we bid farewell to International Week 2024, carrying with us the spirit of unity and collaboration that defines our community.


International Week 2024 was more than a celebration of cultures; it was a testament to our collective strength and resilience in the face of adversity. As global citizens, we have a responsibility to champion diversity, advocate for inclusivity, and bridge the divides that separate us.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”


May International Week serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration, guiding us towards a future where every voice is heard, every culture celebrated, and every individual valued.

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