UE Celebrates International Education Week November 12-16

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012

From November 12-16, the University of Evansville will celebrate its sixth annual International Education Week. This series of events, observed by educational institutions around the world, promotes the benefits of international education and cultural exchange.

UE’s International Education Week activities begin Monday, November 12 with a keynote address from Dan Miller, executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana. Miller will present “Experiences from My Global Career: Perspectives on Lessons Learned,” discussing his experiences in more than 50 countries over his 25-year global business career, which included the roles of president and CEO of International Knife and Saw in Cincinnati, Ohio; president and COO of Overhead Door Corporation in Dallas, Texas; and executive vice president of Kimball International and president of Kimball Furniture Group in Jasper, Indiana.

Miller’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building.

On Wednesday, November 14, all are invited to participate in free, half-hour language lessons taught by UE faculty, students, and Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants.  Languages include Persian, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Wolof, and Portuguese. Sessions run from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall; for a detailed schedule, please visit the IEW website.

International Education Week concludes Friday, November 16 with the International Club’s 26th annual International Bazaar, which runs from 4:30-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall. UE’s international students will serve food from their home countries (including gazpacho from Spain, bulgogi from Korea, biryani from Pakistan, and empanadas from Brazil), perform cultural music and dances, and celebrate peace by displaying 1,000 paper cranes on the Eykamp Hall stage. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for UE students, and free for children under 8.

International Education Week was launched in 1999 as a joint initiative of the United States Departments of State and Education. It aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The University of Evansville proudly welcomes international students from around the world and encourages students to pursue cultural and academic experiences abroad. This semester, 217 international students from 46 countries are enrolled at UE. During the 2012-13 academic year, 285 UE students are expected to study abroad in approximately 20 countries. With approximately 50 percent of undergraduates studying abroad, UE is a national leader as recognized by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report (which last year ranked UE 13th in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation among master’s-granting institutions).

For more information on International Education Week, including a full schedule of events, please visit the IEW website or contact the Office of Study Abroad at 812-488-1085 or studyabroad@evansville.edu.

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