On Wednesday 7 March 2018, staff and students gathered to celebrate Westminster Working Cultures, which provides students with experience of professional life and culture in international contexts.

Westminster’s Alumni Team hosted a celebratory event for staff and students who have supported or benefited from the first year of the Westminster Working Cultures programme.

Through generous funding from the Quintin Hogg Trust, Westminster Working Cultures affords students the opportunity to travel abroad and gain insight into working contexts and cultures in cities across the globe. The programme is designed to enhance students’ preparation for graduate employability and to support their development of transferable skills. A key part of it involves input from Westminster alumni overseas, who generously share their time and professional experience and environments with current Westminster students.

Students who have taken part in or are preparing to take part in visits to Hong Kong and Mumbai through the programme joined Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) Professor Alex Hughes and other senior members of staff for the event. Those present included Professor Malcolm Kirkup, PVC Dean of Westminster Business School; Dr Peter Ride; Alan Morrison; David Cheeseman, Deputy Chair to the Court of Governors; and Rita Bellamy-James, former Deputy Chair to the Court of Governors.

Professor Hughes gave a speech introducing the focus of and opportunities provided through Westminster Working Cultures. Jade Ocampo, a final year Westminster student who travelled to Hong Kong last September, spoke about how the experience supported her preparation for employability after graduation.

Speaking about the event, Professor Hughes said: “We are committed to giving our students a wide variety of opportunities that support their development of skills related to employability and professional life. The international experience afforded by Westminster Working Cultures is an invaluable part of that provision, and we look forward to taking the programme from strength to strength.”

Students who have participated or will participate in the AlSadi Changing Lives programme to Jordan also attended the event. They reminisced about their time working with a number of charitable organisations in local communities in and around Amman as well as learning about Middle Eastern culture.

The event was an informal one and gave students the chance to network and share tips to on how to make the most of the experiences the programmes make possible.

With students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster embraces global engagement in all its forms. We have a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations. We are an international institution, located in the heart of London.

Learn more about Westminster Working Cultures and the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme.

Cover Photo: Members of the Westminster Alumni Community in Hong Kong with staff from the the UK Alumni Office and Professor Alexandra Hughes (far right) for the Westminster Working Cultures programme launch in Hong Kong. 

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