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Global BU Events

Each year we bring to life an exciting programme of events that has seen our community and network of global champions expand, both here in the UK and overseas. 

Since 2014/15, we have hosted more than 30 Global BU events, in seven different countries, aimed at engaging staff, students and external guests in the University's global vision. These events have been attended by more than 5,000 people in that time, and their content has been seen and shared by more than 1,000,000 people in over 135 countries, across an array of social media platforms.

Here's an overview of some of the main events we organise:

International Commencement CeremonyThe scale and nature of the ICC makes it a unique and special occasion for all at BU and the wider region, as each year we welcome our new intake of international students in a way that really makes them feel part of our growing BU community.

Global Festival of LearningOur global Festivals of Learning events are a key vehicle for taking BU’s unique blend of education, research and professional practice – what we call Fusion – to a global audience. They also deepen our relationships with key partners around the world, enable our staff and students to develop new collaboration opportunities, and provide a fantastic platform to showcase our research. 

Global Challenges Summit: Our global challenges summit is a distinctive event that employs a cross-cultural multidisciplinary approach to tackle UN Sustainable Development Goals. Working virtually with partner universities the challenges summit engages staff, students and industry stakeholders in interactive lectures and workshops. Through the summit, students have the opportunity to develop their intercultural skills, global awareness, and a socially responsible global outlook.

Global BUzz events: Our Global BUzz events create an opportunity to share ideas and experiences and inspire others to become a part of the Global BU community. These events comprise of country-themed celebrations of culture, inspiring thought-leadership talks from guest speakers, and round-table discussions on key global themes.

BU Be Global Festival: The festival gives students an overview of the international activities and services available at BU that will equip them with the skills and attributes needed in today’s globalised world.

See below our fantastic events programme for 2017-18. See also an archive of our previous events.

Global BU events 2017-18


Global Engagement Away Day, 7th, 09:30 - 13:30, K101

International Commencement Ceremony, Thursday 21st, 17:00-21:00, Bournemouth International Centre

Global BU Walk, 26th, 14:00 - 15:00, Talbot Campus


Global Cafe, 12th October, 09:00-12:00, Global Hub

Global BUzz Guest Talk : Transitioning graduate talent to graduate careers, 17th, 13:00 -14:00, Inspire lecture theatre

Your Career Week - 17th - 20th, 09:00 - 17:00, Talbot Campus


Global BU Walk, 28th, 11:00 - 12:30, Talbot Campus


Global BUzz Europe, Friday 8th, All Day, Talbot Campus


Welcome Reception for International Students - 24th January


Festival of Learning India - 12th - 16th February


Global BUzz Event - Dr Joanna Newman - Association of Commonwealth Universities

Festival of Learning China - 19th - 23rd March


Festival of Learning Europe - 16th and 17th April

Dorset Global Health Network: Focus on Nepal - 25th April, 18:30 - 21:00


Festival of Learning ASEAN - 3-7 May