UNC Charlotte has a long history of preparing students to become global citizens of the world. An international city, Charlotte has a culturally diverse population that is represented throughout the campus, too.
In honor of International Education Week, Nov. 15-19, UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Programs is coordinating a series of events that recognize the various aspects of intercultural learning and global understanding that is happening at the University.
“Our campus community has enjoyed a long and active tradition of supporting internationalization and exchange,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “As UNC Charlotte celebrates International Education Week 2010, students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to participate and recognize this important week of programming in celebration of the global village.”
Events for International Education Week include a political analysis and cultural presentation of Iran; a guest lecture on “Kenyan Women in the Digital Age;” a series of group fitness classes exploring salsa and international ballroom dance; a travel photography seminar; and a Security Council simulation by UNC Charlotte’s award-winning Model United Nations team and more.
In addition, campus dining venues will host international food selections, and the J. Murrey Atkins Library will have a display representing various world regions that features contributions from its Special Collections.
– Chancellor Philip L. Dubois
A calendar of events for International Education Week is available online.
UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Program was founded in 1975, and it is now considered a national model for serving the global educational and outreach efforts on a college campus. One of its signature events, the UNC Charlotte International Festival, celebrated its 35th year this past September. More than 12,000 people attended the festival to learn more about the diversity and growth of Charlotte. This fall, the University welcomed nearly 1,000 international students who are studying throughout the University, and each year, greater than 500 undergraduates decide to study abroad as part of their degree progress. The University’s academic and extra-curricular programming provides a strong foundation for graduates to develop intercultural competence and global understanding.
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