The US Ambassador to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Matthew Barzun, called on DMU students to help form closer ties with the US embassy in a recent visit to Leicester.
During a tour of Leicester he visited De Montfort University where he took part in a Q&A session with politics and history students, calling on them to get in touch via Twitter for how the embassy can work closer with DMU.
He also showed a keen interest into #DMUglobal, hoping to create more opportunities for students to have international experiences in the USA during their time at university.
In an interview with Demon, he said: “I was learning earlier about DMU Global and the effort to really encourage more students here to go out into the world as part of their learning.
“I raise my hand on behalf of the embassy to try to do anything we can to encourage that.
“The city of Leicester and certainly De Montfort has demonstrated the power of diversity. The United States realises what an asset that is, and one way we can add to that is by visiting each other’s democracies.”
During his speech, the Ambassador reflected on the ‘special relationship’ shared between the US and the UK. A term created by Sir Winston Churchill in World War Two, Ambassador Barzun feels that it’s still relevant today.
He said: “In 2016 it’ll be the 70th anniversary of that [Churchill’s] speech, and I think it remains special. I think we need to work together and we want to work together.
“It’s special and it’s rare. The important thing is that we don’t fall into the trap of being imprisoned by history, we shouldn’t paper over our differences our history is full of agreement and disagreement and that’s natural in a friendship between people and countries.”
Guy Bezant, (20) a second year politics student said: “It was really cool to be able to talk to someone that important. He actually seemed interested in what we had to say – I just wished we had more time with him.”
During the event the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dominic Shellard, escorted the Ambassador around several showcases of students work, notably the game design students and their work with the British Library.
Prof. Shellard said: “I think it was an incredible visit because he was so positive about his suggestions with what he would like the embassy to do with DMU.
“He was extremely keen about DMUglobal and for the embassy to get involved.”