Michael Ofori and Kombe Kapatamoyo dance at the 2012 International Dinner. This year’s International Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Baker University Center Ballroom as part of International Education Week.
Photo courtesy of: University Communications and Marketing
Oct 28, 2013
By Cidnye Weimer
Ohio University is joining colleges, universities and organizations throughout the country and the world in celebrating International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 12-16.
A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It was designed to prepare Americans to study abroad and to attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.
This is the first time Ohio University will be celebrating IEW at an institutional level as the University's quarterly academic calendar had prohibited it from observing the occasion in the past.
Funded by OHIO's Senior International Management Team (SIMT), IEW at Ohio University will include more than three dozen events sponsored by many of the University's colleges, departments and campuses. Most of the events are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available at http://www.ohio.edu/iew.
IEW at OHIO kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 12, with "Malaysia @ Ohio University: Celebrating Five Decades of Strategic Partnerships." Held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Baker University Center 240/242, this celebration of OHIO's long-standing relationship with Malaysia will feature welcoming remarks by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis as well as a keynote address from the Honorable Tan Sri Muhyidden Mohd Yassin, Malaysia's deputy prime minister and minister of education. A delegation from Malaysia will be visiting OHIO to celebrate IEW and the country's more than five decade partnership with Ohio University.
The IEW opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Master of Ceremonies Thom Luce will start out the evening full of speeches and reflections at 5:45 p.m. followed by opening remarks from Vice Provost for Global Affairs Lorna Jean Edmonds.
Dr. Janet Bennett, executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) and chair of the ICI/University of the Pacific Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program, will serve as the evening's keynote speaker. As a trainer and consultant, Bennett designs and conducts intercultural competence and diversity training for college and universities, corporations, non-governmental organizations, government and social service agencies. Bennett's address, "On Becoming Global Souls: A Path to Engaged Citizenship," will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Malaysia, the University of Leipzig in Germany and Chubu University in Japan are OHIO's three strategic international partnerships, celebrating about 50, 20 and 40 years of collaboration, respectively.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of OHIO's partnership with Chubu University, and a delegation from Chubu will be visiting Ohio University to celebrate this milestone and IEW. The delegation will arrive in Athens on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and will be meeting with various OHIO constituencies throughout the week.
IEW at OHIO will culminate in two events – the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement reception and the International Dinner.
The awards reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Baker University Center Ballroom and is open to invited guests. This is the first year OHIO is presenting the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement, which will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding contributions to international education, global competency, cultural understanding and/or international programs at Ohio University or in their fields or disciplines. The awards are sponsored by SIMT and administered by the International Education Week Committee and the Center for International Studies.
OHIO's International Student Union (ISU) will host its annual International Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Designed to celebrate the global diversity at OHIO and to share the different cultures represented on the University's six campuses, the International Dinner is a long-standing tradition in which students in ISU member organizations prepare authentic dishes from countries around the world. ISU works in conjunction with the University's Catering Services to plan the dinner and prepare the food on campus.
This year's International Dinner will feature food prepared by 20 student organizations as well as cultural performances. Tickets for the dinner, which usually sells out, are $5 for OHIO students and $7 for all others. There is no charge for children 5 and younger. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased from International Student and Faculty Services in the Walter International Education Center or at tables in Baker University Center and Gordy Hall.
Ohio University has a rich history of international education that began in 1896 when the University welcomed its first international student, Saki Taro Murayama of Japan. Today, there are more than 1,880 international students enrolled at OHIO.
In addition, approximately 2.25 percent of Ohio University students participate in a study abroad program, more than double the national average of 1 percent.
A complete schedule of IEW events is available at http://www.ohio.edu/iew and on Twitter and Facebook. For more information, e-mail IEW@ohio.edu.
Two key events during Ohio University's celebration of International Education Week (IEW) will be streamed live.
Dr. Janet Bennett's keynote address at the IEW opening reception, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Baker University Center Ballroom will be streamed at http://www.ohio.edu/mediaserver/live.cfm?videoid=dd516bb5e176.
In addition, the reception for the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement, an invitation-only event scheduled for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, will be streamed at http://www.ohio.edu/mediaserver/live.cfm?videoid=47ec35b078b3.