Old and young welcome international students to Sunderland

Children from St Mary's Childcare join international students from the University of Sunderland to celebrate Diversity Week.
Children from St Mary's Childcare join international students from the University of Sunderland to celebrate Diversity Week.
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INTERNATIONAL students in Sunderland have been helping to bridge the generation gap.

Students from around the world were given a warm welcome by some of Wearside’s oldest and youngest learners as part of Diversity Week.

Dozens of first-year international students from the University of Sunderland attended an event organised by Age UK Sunderland, where they were welcomed to the city by staff, volunteers and pensioners at the charity headquarters in Stockton Road.

The next day the students met some of the city’s youngest learners – pre-school children at the university’s St Mary’s Childcare facility.

The students showed the children at the crèche – many of whom are children of international students themselves – how to write their names in different languages.

Diversity Week celebrates the University of Sunderland’s diverse community. There are students from 89 countries studying at the university.

A range of events were held, culminating in the annual Diversity Night at the university’s student nightclub, North Shore.

Dr Paul Andrew, the university’s equality and diversity manager, said: “Diversity enriches us across so many levels, not only in terms of linking our students, staff and community together, but also in these instances in making links between generations and cultures.

“These two events with older and younger people have been thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who has taken part and will produce greater understanding and friendship as we move forward.”