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Cultural exchange celebrates city's strong links

Highbury College helped paint a picture of life in Portsmouth when they hosted an exchange for art students from Germany.

Highbury College helped paint a picture of life in Portsmouth when they hosted an exchange for art students from Germany.

As part of an annual exchange, the young visitors from Friedrich- Albert- Lange Berufskolleg, in Duisburg, were shown the city sights including the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays and Guildhall Square and taken on a tour of the art studios at the Highbury Campus.

During the week long trip, the students also had the opportunity to dine with Highbury's Principal Stella Mbubaegbu and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Paula Riches, at the College's student-run restaurant Chimes Fine dining.

Jackie Page, Head of Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre and coordinator of the trip, said: "This exchange mixes both curriculum activities and cultural visits. The intention is that students learn a little more about Portsmouth as a city whilst also learning new techniques within their chosen profession."

Duisburg student Hadi Kamara, 18, said: "I like this area. The views are really nice and I can stand and see the ocean. We were in the art rooms and the pieces on the walls that the students make are really good and so different. I think I'll come visit England again."

Portsmouth has been twinned with Duisburg, Germany since 1950, a relationship built to replace bad feeling and strengthen links between the cities after the Second World War, in which both had suffered badly. The exchange between Highbury College Portsmouth and Friedrich- Albert- Lange Berufskolleg began in 1974 and has been running for 35 years.

Doris Goertz, teacher of German language and politics at Friedrich- Albert- Lange Berufskolleg, said: "I like that Highbury College is a partner school to our school. I think it's a very hearty atmosphere here and everyone has been so nice to us.

"I think it was very good for our students and their English language to come here and hear English. I think this is important."

Next year will see Highbury students continue the exchange with a trip to Duisburg.

 

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