UI to Celebrate International Education Week

Thursday, November 7 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Highlighting the vibrant cultural diversity at the University of Idaho, a wide range of engaging programs will take place during International Education Week Nov. 11-15.

“During International Education Week, we highlight and celebrate the benefits of international education at universities across the U.S. and around the world as we prepare students with the knowledge, skills and global competencies they need to be successful, engaged citizens in the 21st century,” said Susan Bender, executive director of International Engagement and Programs.

As a leading university in the West and the state’s national land-grant, comprehensive, constitutional university, the University of Idaho is an active participant in International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The collaboration promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.

During International Education Week, students, faculty, staff and members of the Moscow community will learn about the benefits of UI’s new Confucius Institute, discover study abroad programs around the world, look deeper at how Chinese proverbs enhance understanding of Chinese culture, listen to a program on African culture and music, and experience the Oxfam Hunger Banquet.

“During their tenure at the University of Idaho, students have the opportunity to study at 440 universities in 65 nations around the world, to interact with 727 international students from 72 countries represented here in Moscow, Idaho, and to enhance their global skills in the classroom and through the large variety of intercultural extracurricular activities. International education is vibrant, transformative, essential, and available to all members of the university and local community,” said Bender.

Highlights of International Education Week

• El Color de Nuestra Tierra – Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5-8 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom. MAS – or Movimiento Activista Social – presents, "El Color de Nuestra Tierra," which celebrates, recognizes, informs and educates the public about Latin American folklore. This event is free and open to the public. There will be live performances, music and free food from 6-8 p.m. The cultural showcase includes: poetry, traditional and modern dances, and singing from Latino America.
• UI Confucius Institute: Chinese Culture, Language and Educational Opportunities on Monday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Teaching and Learning Center, room 241.This session introduces you to the highlights and benefits from having a Confucius Institute. Learn about Chinese culture, language and the many educational opportunities available to the whole community.
• African Culture and Music on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center, room 103. This session describes a three-week travel and experiential learning opportunity through Savannah and Serengeti safaris, academic tours, socio-historic sites, cultural and village performances, ceremonies, festivities, drum and dance lessons, living with extended family, and countless cultural exchanges.
• Looking Deeper: How Chinese Proverbs Affect Chinese Students on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at noon in the Student Recreation Center, room 103. Learn about well-known Chinese proverbs and how they influence Chinese students who choose to study in the U.S andhow these cultural norms can affect their approach to adjusting to the U.S. culture and American teaching methods.
• International Programs Open House and Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Living and Learning Center, Building #3. Come meet the International Programs Office staff at an open house and reception. Take a walk through different departmental units and meet the people who help connect the university community globally and locally to other cultures.
• Get Involved International Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Living and Learning Center, Building #3, room 132 and 133. Want to experience other cultures but don’t have the time or money? Learn about the many ways to get involved internationally student clubs, conversation partners, Friendship Families and many other volunteer opportunities.
• Uzbekistan: The Sapphire of Asia: An Uzbek’s Perspective on Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, room 103. Learn about Uzbek traditions, customs, arts and handcrafts, national cuisine, and its unique perspective from UI’s very own Uzbek international student.
• Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom. The University International Affairs Club will host the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet to raise funds for Oxfam America and to increase poverty awareness. Tickets cost $3 and can be purchased at the door, the Idaho Commons Information Desk and BookPeople.

As part of a comprehensive education at the University of Idaho, programs like International Week seeks to set the example in producing graduates who have the contemporary knowledge and broad experiences to lead the progress of Idaho, the nation and the world. The university prepares its students through an environment where students learn and live among people with a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, perspectives and experiences.

For more information about International Education Week and the full schedule of events, visit www.uidaho.edu/international/about-us/international-education-week.

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