A taste of Libya at GCU

22 October 2010

A taste of Libya at GCU

The open day highlighted Libyan culture

GCU students experienced a taste of Libya at last week’s Libyan Open Day, which was sponsored by the Libyan Students’ Union-UK and the Libyan Cultural Affairs in London.

The event’s purpose was to highlight Libyan culture, not only to students at GCU but also to Scotland’s other universities. Students and staff got to find out more about the country through displays on Libyan history, geography, culture and traditions. A lunch of Libyan food was also served, handmade by Libyan students and featuring local delicacies.

Dr Saad, Education and Cultural Attaché at the Libyan Bureau in London, was present at the event. He said: “Today is a magnificent showcase for Libyan culture, history, tourism and traditions and highlights the very positive relationship Libyan students have with Glasgow Caledonian University. It’s very encouraging to have events such as this which help Libyans interact with the social life of Scotland.”                     

Robin Halley, GCU’s Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, told students at the event: “Libyan students add greatly to the academic and cultural diversity of this university and we are delighted to count them among our student body. Our students are also part of a significant Libyan academic community across Scotland - and the United Kingdom - and we look forward to welcoming more of their number in years to come.”

The Libyan Open Day followed on from the success of a recent conference celebrating 50 years of Nigerian independence at GCU. Organised by the Nigerian Students’ Society, the conference brought together high-level politicians and officials to celebrate the heritage and debate the future of the African nation.