British University Students, Staff Blanket New York

De Montfort University Leicester contingent topped 1,000.

By the school’s estimate, a just-completed trek to New York by some 1,000 teachers and students at De Montfort University in Leicester, U.K. was the largest-ever international visit sponsored by a British university. We don’t doubt it.

There were all sorts of parallel activities, based on the visitors’ areas of study. For example, a group of Journalism and Media students paid a visit to The New York Times printing facility:

For more than 80 years, the paper was printed in Times Square, until it moved to a purpose-built facility in Flushing, Queens. The print operation is fully automated and monitored by supervisors who can track the progress of each edition. Up to 80,000 papers an hour can be printed. …

The newspaper’s Sunday edition is famously huge – it holds the Guinness Book of Records for the largest single issue which was printed on September 14, 1987 weighing 12lbs and containing 1,612 pages.

Another stop on the media students itinerary was 30 Rock. Kudos to the person at the school website end who framed the printing facility visit as “Breaking News.”