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They are now an integral part of student life in Huddersfield.

And many of the 4,000 international students working at the town’s University this week celebrated the best of their culture and heritage.

The University now boasts students from 120 countries and has three offices in China, Nigeria and Vietnam to encourage others to take up their studies in a little corner of West Yorkshire.

The university’s success in being named best university by the Times Education Supplement has also helped greatly.

There are also plans to expand that network in the future as the university enhances its global reputation.

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But the emphasis with the international festival this week has been more homely.

“It’s been a great chance for students of every nationality to meet with the local students and to share their food, their music, their fashions and their culture”, said Alan Tobi, the international marketing officer.

“You can see the surprise sometimes on the faces of the local students as they hear so many different languages but we have brought them all together this week and it has been great to see how they have intergrated.

We have had students brought up in Huddersfield wearing African head-dresses and tasting food from Asia and from South America.

“The international students have taken great pride in preparing costumes and dance and working in the kitchens to make food from their own countries.

“We have had special themed days from Africa, Asia and Latin America and it has gone down really well.

Huddersfield has a global appeal now and we want to enhance that but we also want to ensure that all our local students share the experiences”

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