UMass Marks 10th Annual Internatiional Education Week
BOSTON -- The five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system will focus a spotlight on international programs and events next week as UMass joins with universities from more than 100 nations worldwide in celebrating the 10th annual International Education Week.
University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson said that International Education Week has a special resonance at UMass, given the University's emphasis on global engagement.
"The University of Massachusetts sees global engagement as being intrinsically linked to its three-fold mission of education, research and public service. We should not and cannot advance our mission without involving partners and colleagues from every corner of the world. This mindset is particularly important to our 62,000 students, who will live and work in a world of interdependent relationships and shared destiny," President Wilson said.
In recent years, the University of Massachusetts has reaffirmed its longtime commitment to international relations by actively increasing its leadership at the system level and encouraging campus initiatives and activities. Continuing to promote opportunities for UMass students, there are hundreds of programs across the five campuses which allow students to participate in a wide variety of international educational experiences, from attending classes to interning at companies abroad. More than 1,200 UMass students per year have benefited from participation in international study abroad programs in recent years.
In an effort to highlight examples of the University's diverse work and offerings around the world, UMass launched a database with an inventory of student opportunities and faculty-generated examples of international research, teaching and service. The searchable database is located at: http://www.massachusetts.edu/international/search.cfm.
"International engagement is fundamental to our mission as a land-grant university. All five of our campuses continue their commitment to preparing students for this global community of which we are all citizens," said Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice President Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and, International Relations. "International Education Week is a wonderful reminder to us all that global relations is a vital component to a comprehensive education, enriching experiences in and out of the classroom."
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education.
A new initiative undertaken this past year was the expansion of the official China Strategy (created in 2007) with the inception the UMass China Institute. The China Institute's purpose is to maximize the potential of the University of Massachusetts and the Commonwealth in responding to the emerging impact of China in the world. It is intended to be a resource for the University and the people of the Commonwealth and offers language, cultural and business training to corporations and government agencies that would like to learn how to better work with China.
President Wilson, who has championed the University's partnerships in China throughout his tenure, said: "The University of Massachusetts is proud of its leadership role in strengthening ties between the Commonwealth and China. This past spring, our close relationship with our friends at Tsinghua University and CERNET was instrumental in CERNET's choosing to open its first U.S. office, the Massachusetts Education and Research Base in Marlborough, which has quickly provided jobs and economic stimulus to local communities in the Commonwealth."
As part of International Education Week, the UMass China Institute, on November 19, will be holding the second of three lectures as part of its After Work Wellness series, which centers on traditional Chinese wellness techniques that people can integrate into their hectic lives.
International Education Week activities at the five UMass campuses include:
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