2015 International Education Week | Office of Global Education | Kent State University

2015 International Education Week

International Education Week 2015, November 15-20


Kent State Celebrates International Education Week
November 15th – 20th

International Educaiton Week 2015Kent State University will celebrate the 16th annual International Education Week from November 16th -20th. The week-long celebration will feature numerous internationally-oriented events, including concerts, dance lessons, academic lectures, presentations and exhibitions presented by student groups, faculty and distinguished guests. The highlight of the week is the always-popular International Cook-Off, which is a cooking competition that features food from around the world prepared by student teams. Hosted by the Office of Global Education and Kent State Dining Services, the Cook-Off takes place on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Student Center Ballroom.

“All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to organize, stage or host globally-oriented events during the week that foster diversity and present a shared global learning experience,” explains Desnee Stevens, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services in Kent State’s Office of Global Education. “Various student organizations, colleges and individual students and faculty are already planning to stage a multitude of events – ranging from a drum and dance workshop to a country spotlight on China as well as several presentations on the current refugee crisis.”

International Education Week is particularly important to the Kent State community.  As the university continues to grow, so does the international population with a record enrollment of 3,002 international students this fall.  In addition to the international population at Kent, another priority is for American students to study abroad and learn about globalization.  It is something that has become increasingly important to employers looking for recent college graduates.  Kent State University takes great pride in its international students and its overall international presence.  According to Sarah Malcolm, Director of International Partnerships, Marketing and Communications at the Office of Global Education. “As KSU celebrates its more than 3,000 international students and almost 1,000 students who studied abroad last year, International Education Week is a time for the campus community to come together to embrace  and appreciate global diversity.”

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education. The week was created in 2000 and is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.  The objective is to promote educational programs that prepare Americans, as well as foreign students, to succeed in a world that is becoming increasingly globalized. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs describes International Education Week as “an opportunity to celebrate diversity and the many opportunities and benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.” It also encourages the active participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange programs.

Organizations Hosting International Education Week Events:

  • Barefoot Dance Tribe
  • Brazilian Student Association
  • Colleges of the Arts of Kent State University, Hebei Normal University (China) and Sichuan University (China)
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Cultural Diversity Association
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education
  • Hillel
  • Intercultural Communication Society
  • International Graduate Student Association
  • Kent Indian Student Association
  • Kent State International Mentors
  • KSU International Women Group
  • Office of Global Education
  • Turkish Student Association
  • The Wick Poetry Center