November 10, 2016
As part of International Education Week, the UTSA Office of the Vice Provost of International Initiatives will host a Town Hall at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the University Center Denman Room. The Town Hall will feature panelists who will share their personal experiences with international education.
International Education Week is a nationwide celebration of international education and exchange promoting programs that prepare students for a global environment.
The Town Hall will feature panelists JoAnn Browning, College of Engineering Dean, Alfonso Tomita, M.B.A. ’01 and president of Sushi Zushi Inc., Sherry Dowlatshahi, Chief of Protocol & Head of International Relations for the City of San Antonio, UTSA students Jade Cuevas and Soe Than and Peter Sayer, UTSA Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL.
The interactive discussion will focus on the benefits of an international education both for students and society. Additionally, panelists will discuss how UTSA’s global profile and reputation benefits from international education.
According to Inside Higher Education, some research has shown students who participate in Education Abroad Programs graduate in four years at a higher rate than those who don’t. Additionally, UTSA students have anecdotally shared the benefits they’ve experienced, including learning about new cultures, developing language skills, and becoming prepared for an international market place.
“The Office of the Vice Provost of International Initiatives is dedicated to UTSA’s goal of becoming a Tier One University. We believe that students who study abroad and international students who choose UTSA are integral to that mission,” said René Zenteno, Vice Provost of International Initiatives.
The Town Hall will bring together students currently experiencing the benefits of international education and people who attribute their success in part to it.
“This year’s International Education Week Theme is ‘Empowering the Youth through International Education,’” said Jessica Guiver, UTSA Director of International Undergraduate Admissions. “International Education Week is special to us here at UTSA because we have the opportunity to highlight our students and the value they bring to our university community. Students who have had the opportunity to study abroad and international students who choose to pursue a degree here add to the diversity of the university and we believe they contribute to society in a positive manner.”
The Town Hall is part of a number of activities taking place across campus during IEW. The Office of International Programs will also feature winners of the International Photo Contest. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.