This summer more than 200 students from The University of Nottingham’s UK, China and Malaysia campuses are set to participate in a unique international sporting competition.
Held under the banner of ‘friendship through sport’, the fifth annual Tri Campus Games (TCG) will see teams compete across 19 events before joining forces to take on local sports clubs.
Competitors will also have the opportunity to meet students from around the globe, while soaking up local culture and the student experience at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), when the Games take place from 9-14 June 2013.
A unique sporting education
Ahead of the competition, Tournament Director Nigel Mayglothling explained: “The Tri Campus Games provide our students with an international sporting and educational experience unique in the University sector and allow us to reinforce our status as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’.
“The competition allows students to meet their peers, learn about life in different countries and campuses and make global relationships which will help them in developing social and business links in the future.”
Fourth year MSci International Relations student, Jordan Street is looking to get the most out of the competition, having been chosen as the Men’s Basketball captain and a ‘team champion’ for the UK campus.
The dual role will see Jordan promote the Games via his own social media channels and press interviews, while leading his team in the round-robin tournament.
Before flying to Malaysia, he said: “The travelling basketball team are all final year students who have given a great deal of commitment to the club during their time at the University. For us TCG is the pinnacle of our university basketball career, and is a great way to end our time here.
“We hope to go out on top, but we are also looking forward to the chance to travel to Malaysia and meet fellow sportsmen and women from all over the world. Hopefully the experience will leave us with friends across the globe, and ten memorable days to look back upon.”
An international experience
Following an opening ceremony, during which all teams will swear an oath to uphold the spirit of the Games, students will combine their sporting commitments with the chance to soak up Malaysian culture.
Visits to Kuala Lumpur’s landmarks including the Petronas Twin Towers, arts and craft centres at Central Market, Independence Square and Chinatown will be a highlight of the week, while the athletes will be encouraged to explore the University campus and surrounding area between matches.
Professor Chris Ennew, Provost at UNMC, revealed that staff and students at the campus were proud to host the diverse sporting competition for a second time.
She said: “The Tri Campus Games provide students with a fantastic opportunity to network across campuses, to build their understanding of each other’s cultures and to create friendships which can support them in their future careers.
“Visiting students will experience a stunning campus environment, home to a diverse community of staff and students, as well as some tough competition from the UNMC students. Off campus, they will also have the chance to experience the warmth and hospitality of Malaysia, the impressive architecture and heritage of Kuala Lumpur and of course, some great food.”
UNMC which was established in 2000 became the first British university to establish a foreign campus. It currently has more than 4,500 students studying for foundation, undergraduate and post graduate courses in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Engineering and Science.
Many notable Malaysian are Nottingham alumni including Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
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