The Cultural Night is traditionally a highlight for international students at the university. This time, the focus was on the Asia-Pacific cultural region. Over 120 interested people came, more than ever before.
The idea of Cultural Night was to bring together countries from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Thus, students from South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan presented their home countries. All of these countries border the Pacific Ocean, which is known for its particularly high "monster waves," so the motto of the evening, "The Pacific Wave," came about. In addition to the presentations on the individual countries, the buffet with food typical of each country is an integral part of the event. Tonkasu, Cha Gio, Turon, Rendang and Kimbap, these were the unusual sounding as well as tasty dishes on the menu list.
The event, organized by the Ecumenical University Parish of Nürtingen and the International Office of the HfWU, traditionally takes place in the St. Johannes Parish Hall. HfWU had provided three shuttle buses to pick up students and take them home to the dormitory. More than 120 participants showed up, a record for Cultural Night.
The great need for a change of pace and a relaxed get-together was probably also related to the knife attack in the Schelmenwasen student dormitory in Nürtingen the week before. Against this background, the International Office had organized a security service for the event, and a team from the DRK aftercare service was also on site. Thus, the Cultural Night offered the opportunity to feast, party and also to look back on the incidents in the dormitory, depending on one's needs. In the end, most of them felt like a change of pace and relaxed partying. Only in the late evening hours did the Pacific Wave die down.