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International Education Week Celebrates Global Learning

Events Highlight University’s Growing Worldwide Footprint

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Students participate in a dance at the 2011 Intercultural Celebration.

By Jill Gambon

Students, faculty and staff will have multiple opportunities to be enlightened, entertained and edified on topics from across the globe during International Education Week. 

Coordinated by the International Students and Scholars Office, the activities include everything from a salsa dance lesson to information sessions on study abroad opportunities; from a panel discussion on the role of women in different countries, to the University’s fourth annual Intercultural Celebration.

International Education Week was launched in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare U.S. students for a global economy and attract future leaders from abroad to study and learn here. It is now observed in more than 100 countries. UMass Lowell began participating four years ago. Activities are planned on campus through Nov. 19.

“We hope the University community will partake in many of the week’s events,” says Maria Conley, director of the International Students and Scholars Office. “Special thanks go to the International Student Ambassadors for taking a key role in organizing many of the week’s events, under the direction of Jennifer Quinn, International Student and Scholar administrator.”

The slate of activities planned also includes a presentation on immigrant farming communities in Lowell, a class on Islam led by Manning School of Business Prof. M. Riaz Khan and an information session presented by Asst. Prof. Jana Sladkova of the Psychology Department on a study abroad program she is leading next summer in Prague.

The celebration comes at a time when the University’s international footprint has been expanding. UMass Lowell now has more than 80 international partnerships with colleges and universities across the globe. The international population on campus is growing and the number and opportunities for study abroad are increasing. 

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