UC Merced said its Office of International Affairs will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 14 to 18, with a series of events to highlight the cultures represented on campus and in the Merced community.
International Education Week (IEW) was established in 2000 to help prepare Americans for a global environment by highlighting opportunities to study, learn and exchange experiences from around the world, the university said in a news release. This is UC Merced’s fourth year participating in the annual celebration. A list of events is available online.
It’s important for students to develop cross-cultural competency in their academic career to meet the challenges of the 21st century, said Rebecca Sweeley, director of international affairs at UC Merced, said in the release.
UC Merced’s theme for the week is “Celebrating One Human Family.” The week is also meant to encourage awareness of other people, other countries, world affairs and their influence on everyone’s lives.
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UC Merced’s events will provide opportunities for international students and scholars to celebrate their countries and cultures and for the campus community to share global learning and research experiences, the news release said. Each day of the week will feature a variety of activities in addition to an award-winning film, travel abroad experiences and an ongoing exhibit at the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library.
The Office of International Affairs invited submissions from community members for events or lectures that relate to this year’s theme. The deadline for submission for inclusion on the IEW website and promotional flyers is Nov. 4.
For more information or to submit an event proposal, visit the website for International Education Week at http://international.ucmerced.edu/iew.Sun-Star staff