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Last week we took part in the Erasmus+ Homeland project. Erasmus, (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a project designed to create opportunities for students across Europe through immersive learning.

The programme allows students not only gain invaluable memories but it also serves as a character-building opportunity for students to explore new cultures and it’s safe to say they did just that at Southwark.

The 27 international visitors from partner schools in Munich (Germany) and Mestre, (Italy) spent time across the week with our students. The group took part lots of activities including working on a creative project with our media and art students, sharing videos they had all created, which captured the stories of migrants from the three cities that they came from.

They all enjoyed watching ‘Paddington 2’ which showcases a young migrant bear from Peru, attempting to adapt to life in London – which proved fitting for those who took part.

Students also enjoyed a number of cultural trips including the London Eye and Tate Modern, whilst delving into international street food at markets around Waterloo as well as exploring Covent Garden.

One of the highlights was an audience with the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Bernadette Khan, who welcomed them to the Mayor’s parlour and the Council Chamber and took them on a tour around the historic town hall.

International Manager, Shazi Giner, said: “The visitors were really impressed by our Southwark campus and enjoyed seeing the rich cultural diversity of London and sampling food from all over the world, plus the more traditional fish and chips.

This scheme allows our students to visit European destinations in return for hosting our guests from abroad, and we are very much looking forward to our next overseas visit”.

Both Lewisham and Southwark Colleges offer students the opportunity to visit European partners in a wide range of subjects, which link directly into their studies.

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Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

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www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

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This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/