“Not only is International Education Week a nationally recognized weeklong celebration, but it is an opportunity to bring the entire campus and local communities together to celebrate and raise the visibility of our international initiatives."
Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) November 09, 2012
Georgia State University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 12-16 with more than 30 events highlighting the benefits of international education.
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.
"International Education Week is a great occasion to meet the strategic plan goal of globalizing the university,” said Jun Liu, associate provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State. “Not only is International Education Week a nationally recognized weeklong celebration, but it is an opportunity to bring the entire campus and local communities together to celebrate and raise the visibility of our international initiatives."
New to International Education Week this year are five public forums sponsored by Georgia State's five emerging-market task forces. The task forces, which were created in 2011 to help guide Georgia State in its international endeavors, focus on Turkey, South Africa, China, South Korea and Brazil.
“More than 100 faculty volunteered to serve on these task forces,” Liu said. “We hope that new ideas, peaked interests and meaningful relationships will stem from these dialogues.”
Kim Reimann, chair of the Korea Task Force and director of Georgia State's Asian Studies Center, said the Korea task force public forum will offer perspectives on Korean politics, business, education opportunities and pop culture. The forum will be held at noon, Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Student Center Speakers Auditorium.
“As a leading force in high tech in Asia and globally, Korea is an exciting and inspiring country that has gained international attention over the past decade and most recently with the viral spread of Gangnam style,” Reimann said.
The Center for Collaborative and International Arts will host a week-long look at the conflict in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The week will culminate with the first U.S. screening of the film "The Tunnel: The Secret of the Siege of Sarajevo" by Nedim Loncarevic at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Speakers Auditorium. The film tells the story of the secret underground tunnel the citizens of the city of Sarajevo dug out to escape the four-year- long siege during the Bosnian war.
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war and the siege of Sarajevo. Even though so many years have passed, the memories of the war and legacies of violence continue to plague the region,” said Jelena Subotic, assistant professor of political science. “As we remember the plight of the people of Bosnia, we remind ourselves that violence and war are never inevitable. There are always other options available for solving political conflict. If nothing else, this should be the lesson of Bosnia.”
In 2012, 1,654 international students attended Georgia State and 755 students studied abroad in 39 countries.
Many of those students will share their experiences during events such as the Study Abroad Panel at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Golden Key Room of the Student Center and the annual Crossing Paths, Crossing Cultures photo competition and reception on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. International Student and Scholar Services will co-host a Thanksgiving Feast at noon on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Rialto.
For more information about International Education Week activities, visit http://www.gsu.edu/iew.