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16-01-2017

More than 1,000 students from De Montfort University flew the flag for global unity when they gathered in New York's iconic Times Square early in January.

The students, who are part of what is thought to be the biggest ever international visit organised by a UK university, gathered en masse at the world famous landmark to fly the flags of the 46 nations they represent and make a stand against intolerance.

Students decided to mark their stay in New York with the gesture to show that, despite recent political changes in Europe and the US, they will always be part of a global community and that openness and tolerance are crucial values in society.

DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard chose New York because the city represents resilience, acceptance and above all an open and global outlook - principles at the heart of DMU's international strategy.

DMU in New YorkMolly Daniel, studying Performing Arts, said the Times Square stand was an important part of what had been an incredible experience.

Molly said: 'I think it's important to make a stand. It sets an example for everybody else. Being the age we are and living in the city we live in, we need to show a united front.'

The 1,000 New York visitors, from schools as diverse as Fashion, Engineering and Music Technology, have spent five days taking part in activities relevant to their degrees to help them on their journey towards employment.

It wasn't all worthy and aspirational - one group were wowed by seeing Chewbacca's head from the original Star Wars movies' costume department during a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image, as well as many other fascinating displays.

The huge operation to transport and accommodate 1,000 students in the Big Apple was organised by the pioneering #DMUglobal scheme. Launched two years ago by the university, #DMUglobal offers opportunities for students to broaden their horizons and gain vital experience through overseas travel.

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