Nov. 10, 2011
The week of November 14 has been recognized since 2000 as International Education Week (IEW) to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
It is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education and today, IEW is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Activities are planned throughout the week at Shawnee State University from Monday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 20 to celebrate International Education Week. Activities include:
Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the U.S., and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world.
According to Open Doors, 260,327 U.S. students studied abroad in 2008/09. International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy.
International education is also a vital service industry, bringing more than $20 billion into the U.S. economy in 2009-10.
According to Open Doors, 690,923 international students studied in the U.S. in 2009/10. Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.
Shawnee State University has 34 international students from around the world this semester. Several SSU exchange students are studying abroad, two in Morocco and one in Germany for fall semester and four going to Morocco, one going to Spain and two going to Germany for spring semester.
For more information about International Education Week programs, call SSU's Center for International Programs and Activities at (740) 351-3136.