If you feed into the false stereotype that Saskatchewan “lacks diversity”, I encourage you to step onto one of our reputable campuses. Both the University of Regina (U of R) and the University of Saskatchewan are internationally recognized for their acceptance and accommodation of students from around the world. The current international enrolment at the U of R is over 15% of the overall student body and includes students from over 90 nations. This is a noteworthy achievement.
Given the high enrolment numbers for international students, it’s not surprising that, on Friday, almost 2,000 people filled the gymnasium in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies for the U of R's annual International Night. Admittance was free with only a small fee for those who wished to indulge in the international buffet – which featured signature dishes from several different countries. The event had no agenda other than embracing the eclectic student body and promoting the vast range of cultural values found on campus.
Featured entertainment included a number of traditional dance performances, a student talent competition, and an “around the world” fashion show that featured beautiful ensembles from different cultures and lands. Interspersed throughout the program was a number of heartfelt speeches from representatives of the faculty who value the inclusion offered by their institution.
This event was spearheaded by UR International who offers individual assistance for international students attending the University of Regina. They also offer support to domestic students who want to pursue a portion of their education abroad, as well as faculty members with international initiatives. Thanks to their efforts (along with multiple generous sponsors), effective displays of our provinces rich diversity takes place each year.
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