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Lunar New Year 2018 celebrations at Warwick

Happy Lunar New Year! Staff and students took part in a range of events last week to celebrate, and shared what the festivities mean to them in a series of videos; watch them online.

Student-led events

The week started and ended with student-run summits. The Warwick China Summit focused on the different aspects of China’s development, looking at both domestic and international issues. Warwick ASEAN conference connected students interested in Southeast Asia with thought leaders within the region, and considered the theme, ‘Shaping Growth, Managing Diversity’. The conference was followed by Warwick Southeast Asian Games, organised in conjunction with Warwick Malaysian Students Association.

Warwick’s talented students took to the Goose Nest stage for a Chinese New Year Gala, including song and dance, comedic skits, Chinese martial arts and xiangsheng (a popular form of Chinese comedic dialogue).

Campus community

The PG Hub and the Arts Centre, with the support of Student Ambassadors Ming Yang and Lenette Lua, joined up for free hands-on craft activities inspired by the Year of the Dog and the Mead Gallery’s current Clare Woods exhibition, Reality Dimmed.

There was a distinct flavour to our Market Day in the Piazza on Wednesday, and on Thursday students were invited to watch the Spring Festival Gala in the Library and try calligraphy, paper lantern making, dragon puzzles and Chinese checkers.

Coming up: China Careers Fairs

Warwick is hosting a China Graduate Recruitment Fair on Saturday 3 March, giving students the opportunity to meet with over 25 Chinese employers and organisations with graduate roles in China. Organised by Warwick, with seven partner universities (Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Lancaster and Aston Universities), the fair includes presentations about employment skills and the current Chinese job market, as well as individual employer presentations and a careers fair.

On 23 March, over 50 graduate employers will join the new Warwick joint UK University Graduate Careers Fair in Shanghai, organised by Warwick, Birmingham and Nottingham Universities. Employers attending include Tesla, Apple, Gap and PayPal. The Fair is open to current Warwick students and also recent alumni.

Lunar New Year craft session

Lunar New Year craft session

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Lanterns in the library