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Nov. 10, 2008

Photos: First place photo in the "Show Us the World through Your Eyes" photo contest in the "Americans' Views Abroad" category. "Fermata d'autobus," taken by Songwei Chen, a 2008 graduate. Chen studied abroad in Italy, Summer 2007 (photo, top).

Second place photo in the "Show Us the World through Your Eyes" photo contest in the "Americans' Views Abroad" category. "Father and Son Laboring," taken by Marc Doobay, graduate student in the College of Medicine. Doobay studied abroad in Nicaragua, Spring 2007 (photo, right).

Third place photo in the "Show Us the World through Your Eyes" photo contest in the "Americans' Views Abroad" category. "Watery Poetry," taken by Marc Doobay, graduate student in the College of Medicine. Doobay studied abroad in China, Summer 2007 (photo, bottom).

UI celebrates International Education Week Nov. 17-21

The University of Iowa International Programs will present a variety of activities open to the public during the ninth annual International Education Week celebration, Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. Events include a workshop, a funding expo, panel discussions and receptions.

"International Education Week is a time for us to recognize and celebrate the importance of our global connections at the University of Iowa," said UI President Sally Mason. "I encourage all students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the general public, to take advantage of the many international education opportunities on our campus available to them, now and always. In so doing, we will learn more about ourselves and the world, nurture global understanding, and create an even more culturally vibrant university."

The week begins with a panel discussion on the educational systems in Oman, Indonesia and India from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. As part of the International Mondays lecture series, the event will bring together foreign language teaching assistants at the UI, who will discuss the similarities and differences between the educational system in their countries and that in the U.S.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, a workshop on the UI's international student recruiting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the International Program Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. Titled "Building Our Global Community: The Why's and How's of International Student Recruiting," the workshop will cover the current UI international student recruiting activities and objectives. The workshop will also present the resources developed by various university offices involved in international student recruiting.

The International Programs Student Funding Expo will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the International Program Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event will showcase international student activities that were supported by funding from UI International Programs. Previous recipients will display posters, pictures and other visual materials from their trips. Staff from International Programs will also discuss funding opportunities with potential applicants.

The week will culminate with an awards ceremony from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Old Capitol Museum. The ceremony will honor winners of the following three awards: the Office for Study Abroad's annual international photo contest "Show us the World Through Your Eyes," the Office for International Students and Scholars essay contest "Coming to America," and the second annual Outstanding Achievement Award for International Education.

Other International Education Week programs include the third annual cultural ball, a Peace Corps information presentation, an international student leaders' social, and an intercultural training services session for businesses and NGOs. For a complete schedule and full description of all International Education Week events, visit http://international.uiowa.edu.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education 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. For more information on the national celebration of International Education Week, visit http://iew.state.gov/

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of the events, contact Heidi Vekemans, International Programs events coordinator, at 319-335-3862.

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://international.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Lini Ge