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Cultural Cafe Takes Place at HSE

On 4th December the International Students Office at HSE Moscow held the first Cultural Cafe evening, a project to broaden cultural exchange between HSE students from different countries. A similar initative was launched at HSE Nizhny Novgorod earlier this year. It’s all taking place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Students from Ghana, Indonesia, China, Nigeria and Uganda made their presentations at the first event and talked about different aspects and traditions of culture in their countries from historical facts to national dishes.   

Master’s student Tumwesigye Mwesigwa who is studying Big Data Systems showed a short video of the unique natural environment of Uganda and, accompanied by traditional music, read a poem in praise of its beauty.  The Ghanaians and Nigerians made a real splash of national colour performing dances to traditional music and Ronke Oluwatosin Odeyemi (master’s student in Big Data Systems) danced in full Nigerian national dress.

Ratya Permatasari and Azmi Muharom who are studying for their master’s in Socio-Economic and Political Development of Modern Asia, and Isa Muchammad (master’s student in Political Analysis and Public Policy), are all from Indonesia. They talked about their country’s traditional form of dress, the sarong, sang a famous Indonesian song, organised a quiz about Indonesia, giving out Indonesian souvenirs for prizes.

‘When hearing about Indonesian cultures, people know about Bali, as it's very popular for foreigners, whereas it is but a small part of Indonesia. Indeed, in other parts of Indonesia, there are a lot of beautiful islands with incredible natural features as well as various people with various traditions, languages, and dialects. We were very enthusiastic  about his event! Maybe for next time the cafe should be divided into some parts: festival, seminar, and concert... That will be interesting.’ said Ratya Permatasari .

Ruoqi Cao on the Semester in Moscow programme changed into her native Chinese national costume to tell the company about her country’s history, traditions and intriguing written language and gave a demonstration on how to write Chinese characters. Anyone who wanted to could find out how to write their name in Chinese, taste real Chinese tea and be photographed in a Chinese costume. 

About 50 people including Russian and international students and HSE teachers took part in the event. There were lots of questions from the audience who wanted to share their experiences and impressions and everyone was in favour of the informal and cosy atmosphere. Everyone there was eager to take part in any future Culture Cafe evenings.

The International Students Office intends to hold such events once a semester and aims to involve as many students as possible. All the announcements will be posted on ISO website and in Facebook group for international students. All international students are welcome to take part in the next Cultural Café.



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