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AUK Celebrates 13th Annual International Week

This year marked the 13th consecutive International Week at AUK-an event that promotes and celebrates cultural diversity within the AUK community. Organized by the Office of Student Life, it featured highly-anticipated activities and an array of cultural events.

The week started with a cooking competition featuring traditional cuisines that represented Kuwait, Iran, Tunisia, Pakistan, Spain and Lebanon. The Best Main Dish Award went to Iran and the Best Dessert Award went to Spain. Some of these dishes were also displayed at the global village where a series of booths promoting their nation's culture, displaying traditional clothing, books, music and food, were exhibited across the campus' main hallway. The booths were then rated by judges for the Best Country Representation Award, which went to Iran, Spain and Egypt, coming in first, second and third place respectively. Fatima Mir Ahmadi, a sophomore at AUK said that participating in the Iranian booth and showcasing a culture that is part of her background gave her a sense of belonging.

The following day, the AUK community participated in the parade of nations, where a group of students walked through campus, each holding their own nation's flag to present AUK's diversity. Their trail lead to the auditorium where the cultural showcase commenced, featuring a range of performances demonstrating different cultural traditions. Ghada Al-Sahaf, a sophomore at AUK said, "The stage performances were entertaining and gave us more understanding of the cultures." Towards the end of the show, the Best Cultural Showcase title was awarded to Egypt, Lebanon & Palestine, and Kuwait in first, second and third place respectively.

To end the week, the amazing race was held where the students competed by following clues across campus before arriving at their winning station. The game promoted teamwork and communication skills.
 



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Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 27th March 2018



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