International Education Week

November 17-21, 2014

International Education Week is an annual celebration during which University of Minnesota colleges, campuses, and student groups plan events and activities to highlight the University's support of international education.

International Education Week logoAbout International Education Week

International Education Week was first declared by the U.S. Departments of State and Education in 2000 as part of their effort to encourage policies and programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the U.S.

In 2013, International Education Week at the University of Minnesota included more than 20 events. This year, colleges and offices are once again planning receptions, seminars, brown bag sessions, and other events to highlight the University's support of international education.

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance has a leadership role in supporting and publicizing these events. The GPS Alliance will provide limited matching funds to colleges and campuses to support events.

2014 Calendar of Events

Submit your event to be added to the calendar.

See the Duluth campus's list of events here.

Monday, November 17

CEHD International Speaker Series
Universities as Partners: Rebuilding Higher Education Systems and Institutions After Violent Conflict

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Burton Hall, room 227

Higher education plays a crucial role in capacity building for livelihood improvements, development, innovation and progress. Without a strong higher education system that can provide quality education, post-conflict countries will struggle to move from destruction to recovery and socio-economic development and from insecurity and violence to stability and peace. The talk will touch on post-conflict settings and different approaches and actors involved in recovery processes and operations. It will highlight challenges, priorities and explore how external actors can help countries rebuild their higher education systems and institutions in the aftermath of violent conflict.

Speaker: Dr. Savo Heleta works as a manager of internationalization and researcher at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Office for International Education (OIE), and as a researcher at OIE’s Research Unit for Higher Education Internationalization in the Developing World. He holds a DPhil in Development Studies from NMMU. His DPhil research focused on post-war reconstruction, development, peace-building and state-building in Bosnia, South Sudan and Somaliland. Dr. Heleta’s research focuses on higher education internationalization, higher education in post-war settings, as well as conflict analysis and post-war reconstruction and development in general.

Sponsored by CEHD International Initiatives and Relations Office & GPS Alliance

Opportunities and Challenges for Transnational Leadership and Partnership
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Nolte Center for Continuing Education, Room 140

The Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS) will host a panel discussion who will share their knowledge and experience in establishing and developing transnational leadership and partnership. The session participants will learn about opportunities and challenges for transnational leadership and partnership in government, community and academic services.
Panel speakers:

- Mr. Bill Deef, Vice President of International Relations, Meet Minneapolis
- Ms. JoAnn Blatchley, President, St. Paul - Nagasaki Sister City Committee
- Dr. Barbara Kappler, Assistant Dean & Director, International Student and Scholar Services, University of Minnesota

Sponsored by The Graduate School, Council of International Graduate Students and GPS Alliance

Tuesday, November 18

Global Cultures Educational Celebration
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Global Culture Educational Celebration will highlight the diversity at the Humphrey School with displays through photos, videos, artifacts, maps, and other things, both personal and national. There will also be a small musical performance from students/faculty. A light potluck will be served as an opportunity for students, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff to come together collectively to share favorite foods and to connect across divides of religion, class, ethnicity, and gender.

Sponsored by PASA, the Public Affairs Student Association at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Humphrey International Student Association (HISA), and the Humphrey Students of Color Association (HSOCA)

Wednesday, November 19

International Scholarship Reception
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
President's Room, Coffman Union

Every year, ISSS at the University of Minnesota awards a collection of competitive, merit-based scholarships to recognize outstanding international students. International students and University staff and faculty are invited to attend the International Student Scholarship Reception to recognize these students and the unique perspectives and efforts they bring to the University. RSVP here.

Sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services

China Pre-Departure Presentation
12:15-1:15 p.m.
220 STSS

U of M staff from International Student and Scholar Services, Office of First Year Programs, and Student Unions and Activities went to China to research what Chinese higher education institutions are like and how their enrollment and preparation programs work. They met with international students at the U of M's Chinese pre-departure program to explain what the first few months of living in the U.S. would be like, and spoke with Chinese parents about their concerns. This presentation is a summary of what they learned and how they plan to improve the pre-departure process for international students.

Sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services

Thursday, November 20

International Poster Session
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Nolte Hall, Dining Room

How much do you know about fashion in Saudi Arabia, the cuisine of China, or pop culture in Oman? Come interact with students from around the globe and explore a variety of poster presentations that provide snapshots of different cultures. Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) students will present these cultural snapshots in English. All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

International Tea Time
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Burton Hall Atrium

This event will invite students, faculty, and staff for a casual meet and greet. This is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to socialize, meet international visitors, view a photo slideshow of UMN students in study abroad programs and enjoy international music, teas, and snacks.

Sponsored by CEHD International Initiatives and Relations Office and GPS Alliance

Carlson School travel abroad reunion
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Carlson School, HMH 2-255

All Program Reunion for undergraduate students who went abroad on a CGI education abroad programs, as well as faculty and staff who traveled abroad as a program leader on a programs in addition to inbound exchange students at Carlson. This is an opportunity to connect classmates who went abroad and have shared experiences as well as an opportunity for current U.S. students to meet Carlson exchange students.

Sponsored by Carlson Global Institute and GPS Alliance

Friday, November 21

Traditions of Japan at Small World Coffee Hour
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Yudof Hall

Did you know Japan consists of over 6,800 islands? Did you know around 24 billion pairs of chopsticks are used in Japan each year? And the amazement doesn’t stop there!

For Small World Coffee Hour’s last event of the fall, we will be presenting Japan, a country that is well known for its rich culture and history. In collaboration with Japan Student Association (JSA), we are proud to show you traditions of Japan through food and dance. You would not want to miss this AMAZING event. Come and experience Japanese culture, try Japanese food, and learn traditional Japanese dances, without having to travel overseas. Sounds like a good deal?

Come to SWCH this Friday, 11/21 from 4:00-6:00pm to fuel your energy and get ready for finals with Japanese culture!

Sponsored by Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH), International Student and Scholar Services, and the Japan Student Association

International Agriculture Education at the U
4:00-6:00 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, Larson Gallery

Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) presents MAST International. MAST International is an international exchange program that combines a practical, hands-on, educational experience in agriculture with a classroom experience through the University of Minnesota.

SWCH invites everyone to come to talk with the international MAST students and listen to their experiences of working in the U.S. farms and studying in the rural areas of the U.S. We will also hear from the MAST program coordinator and international agriculture education in the University of Minnesota.

There will also be free coffee and dinner provided.

Sponsored by Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) and International Student and Scholar Services

Award for Global Engagement Ceremony (by invitation only)

Ceremony to celebrate the 2014 recipients of the Award for Global Engagement, which is given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline.

Submit Your Event

Submit information about your event so it can be included on the International Education Week calendar.

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Monday, Nov. 17
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Thursday, Nov. 20
Friday, Nov. 21

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Matching Funds

Pending available funding, the GPS Alliance will provide a limited amount of matching funds to colleges, campuses, and student groups to support International Education Week events. Generally, only one award will be provided per college/campus.

Requesting matching funds

1. Obtain approval from your college/campus/unit representative on the International Programs Council.

2. Submit an email to Rachel Peterson, GPS Alliance, with the following information:

  • Name of department, unit, college, campus, or group requesting funds
  • Name and email address of accountant
  • EFS account number where the funds should be sent
  • Brief description of event and how the matching funds will be used
  • Statement that you have discussed the request with your IPC representative

3. Submit information about your event to be included on the events calendar.