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.