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International Education Week 2012

In honor of the annual International Education Week (IEW) Boston College once again hosted nearly 40 academic, social, and cultural events; this year it was celebrated at BC the week of November 5-9.  The events were coordinated by representatives from a variety of departments and offices across campus, as well as student culture clubs and organizations. 

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.  At BC, the week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across Boston College campus, as well as reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders.  Initiated in 2000 by both the US Department of State and US Department of Education, International Education Week emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages and affirms the critical role that international education plays at Boston College. 

There were several week-long events, including the always popular “The World Through Our Eyes” Photo Exhibit, which was featured in the BC Chronicle newspaper here.  An addition this year was the WorldWide Book Drive, sponsored by Organization of Latin American Affairs (OLAA).

One of the most popular and well-attended event was Kerry Cronin’s talk on an international perspective of dating and the “hook-up” culture at BC, which was highlighted in The Heights newspaper and sponsored by the International Club of Boston College (ICBC).  Please read the article here

Other events sponsored by the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) included an International Scholars Reception for visiting international scholars and faculty.  Held in Connolly House, the event gave international scholars from a variety of academic programs and research centers the opportunity to meet and discuss their academic interests.  

Additionally, the OISS also sponsored a lecture by a BC professor and a journalist from BBC’s The World radio program, who both spoke about the impact of the recent presidential election on November 6, 2012.  Their talk was also featured in the The Heights and can be found here

The Office of International Programs (OIP) partnered with Career Services on a presentation about making the most of your experience abroad; OIP also hosted a panel and discussion regarding the myths & realities of studying abroad.  

Other highlights included presentations by several Chinese members of the BC community.  A visiting Chinese scholar in the Lynch school, Fang Shi, presented her work on why Chinese students are studying abroad at younger ages.  In addition, two grad students gave a presentation on “How to Pronounce Chinese Names, sponsored by OISS.  We would like to thank Qianhui  “Maple” Xu (College of Advancing Studies) and Yaqin “Lydia” Liu (Carroll School) for introducing us to Chinese pronunciation and helping us gain a new appreciation of the Chinese language.  

The Graduate International Student Association (GISA) sponsored the “International Perspectives” panel of current international students and alumni, who offered insight and advice.  The International Studies program offered several lunchtime series discussions, and the Center for Higher Education organized several panels, all on international issues.    AHANA Management sponsored a presentation on international business etiquette in other countries. 

Finally, there were some great events by club organizations, including Creole Cruisine, sponsored by L’Assocation Haitienne, as well as the Caribbean Culture Club’s Island Market to close out the week.

IEW was once again a success, and we thank all of those who organized the events!

For a complete list of events and to learn more about BC’s International Education Week, visit the IEW website

International Education Week was a collaborative effort co-sponsored by: Office of International Students and Scholars, Office of International Programs, International Studies Program, Center  for International Higher Education, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Graduate School of Social Work, Connell School of Nursing, BC Libraries, BC Dining Services, International Club of Boston College, Graduate International Students Association, and Boston College Intercultural Clubs.