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UTSA celebrates International Education Week Nov. 12-16

This year’s week-long event features an expanded International Fall Fest.

By Sherrie Voss Matthews, International Media & Marketing Coordinator

Organizers across a three campuses have planned a  week full of events celebrating our international connections will begin on Monday, Nov. 12, as a part of the wider joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week.International Education Week UTSA

“International connections have value, they allow us to see the world from a variety of cultural viewpoints,” explains Julius Gribou, UTSA executive vice provost and senior international officer.  “We have multiple international links, from our collaborations with universities around the world, to our globally recognized researchers, to our students who study abroad and those who come to UTSA to study from other countries.”

International Education Week was first held in 2000 and today it is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

“We at UTSA join more than 100 countries around the globe to celebrate international education with students, faculty and the San Antonio community,” says Lisa-Marie Gomez, director of the College of Business Office of International Engagement. “IEW shows that international education prepares U.S. students for the global world and highlights the experiences that our students, faculty and wider community have had in the world.

International Education Week gives domestic students an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This year’s schedule includes an expanded International Fall Fest on Thursday, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, in the UC Paseo.  A collaboration between the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and College of Business International Engagement, the Fall Fest will feature student cultural booths, international food, cultural dances and songs, and other interactive activities, Gomez adds. The festival builds upon last year’s popular spring and fall festivals.

The winning photographers of UTSA’s International Photography Contest will be announced on Monday at 3:30 p.m. The top student, faculty and staff images will be displayed in “Roadrunners Abroad,” a photography exhibit in Gallery 23, in the University Center. The photos will remain on display until March, says Tabitha Byrne, assistant director for U C Programs

“We are thrilled to showcase the amazing images from the UTSA community,” Byrne says. “The quality of the images and the variety of locations offer a visual feast for the eyes.”

International Education Week (IEW) 2012 officially will begin on Monday, Nov. 12, with the Gallery 23 reception and presentation of awards to the top photographers at 3:30 p.m.

The full schedule of events can be seen at http://programs.business.utsa.edu/IEW/schedule.asp.