International Education Week Celebrating Global Connections | The University of Kansas – KU today | Team Cansler

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas is celebrating International Education Week November 14-18 with a series of multicultural events and a social media campaign.

International Education Week logoA joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education, the week promotes programs that prepare people in the United States for a global world and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and share experiences in the United States.

The KU is a regional leader in internationalization efforts. More than 1,700 international students attend the KU. In the academic year 2021-2022, 945 KU students traveled abroad for university-related activities, another 15 students took part in virtual training abroad and international internship experiences. KU teaches more than 30 different languages ​​and is one of only 13 universities in the country to have four or more federally funded international area study centers under the Title VI program.

Recognizing the impact of international education on Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly signed a proclamation recognizing International Education Week and noting that “international education, exchange, and public diplomacy play a critical role in U.S. foreign relations today and tomorrow.”

“To receive this endorsement of our mission and efforts from Governor Kelly is extraordinary. Internationalization is a fundamental University of Kansas priority and informs our work on building leaders, building healthy communities and making world-changing discoveries,” said Charles Bankart, Senior Internationalization Officer.

“This week is a time to step back and reflect on all the work we’ve done to center the world on KU and KU in the global context,” he said. “We have built an extraordinary foundation through our internationalization efforts, and we have exciting plans to build on that foundation in service to the great State of Kansas.”

At KU’s Lawrence Campus, the week will include discussions on international careers, a panel on recent elections in key countries, a citizens’ meeting on US-China relations, and a World’s Fair where international students will have the opportunity to showcase their cultures .

Check out the full list of events

Throughout the week, International Affairs will share stories from the KU community about the power of international education. Alumni, faculty, staff and students can share their international experiences by completing a short survey.

The KU community is encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #KU22IEW this week when posting information about international events and the importance of international education.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 15 November

International Career Series: John Rodgers

4 p.m., 318 Bailey Hall

John Rodgers, KU alumnus of the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, will talk about his career experiences and advise students with internationally oriented professions. Rodgers served in the US government from 1986 to 2015. He began his career as a political analyst on Eastern European affairs and witnessed the collapse of communist systems in Eastern Europe and the restoration of democracy in those countries. The event is sponsored by CREES and the Center for Global & International Studies.

Beyond KU: think tanks

4:30-5:30 p.m., virtual

At this virtual event, panelists will talk about turning a passion for politics into a career. Panelists will include Anna Bailey, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Ariel Simons, Learning and Development Manager, Brookings Institution; Devi Nair, associate director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Catherine Nzuki, associate fellow in the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The event is sponsored by the University’s Career Center. Register for the event.

Wednesday 16 Nov

Global Headlines: Election Dynamics in Key Countries

1:30 p.m., Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center and via Zoom

KU faculty members will discuss recent elections in key countries and the global impact on the results. Panelists include Rami Zeedan, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies; Sofia Vera, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Mark Joslyn, professor of political science. The panel will be moderated by Mike Wuthrich, Associate Director of the Center for Global & International Studies. The event is organized by CGIS in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, Jewish Studies and Middle East Studies program. zoom info.

CHINA City Hall

6-8 p.m., virtual event

The CHINA Town Hall connects top China experts with Americans across the country for a national conversation on the impact of the rise of China on US-China relations and its impact on our cities, states and our nation. This two-part event will include a national webcast from 6pm-7pm and a local webinar from 7pm-8pm

The national webcast is hosted by Jon Huntsman Jr., former Ambassador to China, Russia and Singapore. The local webinar will focus on the legacy of COVID-19 in US-China relations. Speakers include Dali Yang, author of numerous books and scholarly articles on Chinese politics and political economy, and Deborah Seligsohn, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Villanova. Jiakun Jack Zhang, KU Assistant Professor of Political Science, will moderate the webinar.

The event is sponsored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the International Relations Council, and the World Trade Center Kansas City. Register for the event.

Thursday 17 Nov

tea @ three

3-4 p.m., Kansas Union, Level 4

Tea @ Three gives students the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea with a choice of biscuits. At the November 17 event, International Support Services and the International Student Association will submit entries to promote the World’s Fair and engage the campus community in international trivia.

Friday 18 Nov

world exhibition

2-4 p.m., Burge Union, Forums C and D

Celebrate International Education Week by learning about the different cultures represented at KU. At the world exhibition, international students will present their cultures in an interactive tabling fair. All members of the KU community are invited to interact with international Jayhawks during this event. The event is sponsored by International Support Services.

From Studying Abroad to State Department: How Developing Global Perspectives Supports U.S. Foreign Policy

3-5 p.m., virtual

This two-hour webinar features an interview with Secretary of State Antony Blinken about how US diplomacy impacts the lives of the American people and how studying abroad enhances the State Department’s foreign policy mission. Webinar attendees hear directly from the Secretary of State and a panel of U.S. field officials who focus on how their State Department work drives U.S. foreign policy, how that work impacts Americans, and how studying abroad has shaped their careers and continues to do so influenced lives as an American diplomat.

The event is sponsored by USA Study Abroad, part of the US Department of State’s Office for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and its Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Recipients and alumni of the Gilman Program, Critical Language Scholarship Program, ECA exchange alumni, and any interested U.S. undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend this 2022 International Education Week virtual event. To register.

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