The European Studies Group will conclude its spring lecture series will a talk presented by Rebecca Léal, titled “My Mother, the Stranger: Ruptures, Transmissions, and Stereotypes in Popular Representations of Arab-French Mothers,” at noon Friday, May 4, in 2520D UCC. A light luncheon will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.
In January of 2012, approximately 650 of Brazil's top-notch undergraduate students traveled to the United States to study on U.S campuses as part of the Science without Borders program, sponsored by the Brazilian government. The University of Iowa has had the fortune of hosting four participants in this two semester academic scholarship program, and is expecting to host more Brazilian undergraduates in the fall. Below, the four undergraduates have shared some of their thoughts and reflections on life at the University of Iowa.
The DI: Why do you think it's important to include and recruit underrepresented and minority students?
President Mason: I think it's the whole way in which they approach life — which may be different from ways in which others approach life. The way they think, the cultural traditions that they perhaps were raised with. When you're out in the workforce after you leave the University, being exposed to different types of people and different ways of thinking and different ways of looking at life and different cultures and traditions, that's extremely important because that's likely what you'll be facing in the workforce. We know that many employers today are looking for people who have a diversity of experiences. In other words, haven't just been raised in one place all their life and never experienced any other part of the country or any other part of the world and that's part of the reason why we also do so much study abroad and why we encourage students to get involved in activities that might take them beyond the boundaries of Iowa and into communities that they perhaps haven't been exposed to
A class offered this spring by the University of Iowa is helping entrepreneurs from around the state learn how to take their businesses global.
The class—Entrepreneurship and Global Trade—is offered online by the Tippie College of Business and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. It’s designed to provide practical lessons to small business owners or aspiring small business owners who want to start selling outside the United States.
University of Iowa courses are expanding to meet an increasing level of student interest as the political atmosphere continues to evolve in the Middle East.
Since 2001, UI political-science professors said there has been a marked increase in enthusiasm for courses related to the Middle East. And with the increase, some professors said, comes a responsibility to accurately present the foreign events in an educational way.
Prior to 2001, the UI Political-Science Department had no Middle Eastern coverage separate from a comparative politics courses, said UI political-science Professor Vicki Hesli.
A University of Iowa official said UI students won't likely feel the effects of new federal student-loan regulations that some experts fear are minimizing geographic options for studying abroad.
But other provisions governing summer semesters abroad may decrease the popularity of the programs at the UI.
John Rogers, UI assistant director of Study Abroad, said he has not yet seen UI students affected by the new U.S. Department of Education regulations that may require foreign universities to bar American students relying on financial aid because of costly new U.S. accounting standards.
The European Studies Group continues its spring 2012 lecture series with a film screening of “The Forgetting Game” followed by a conversation with director Russell Sheaffer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 1117 University Capitol Centre.
This event is free and open to the public.
The 13th annual Crossing Borders Convocation will explore “Transcultural Communication and Migrations in the Indian Ocean Rim and the Caribbean” March 23-24 in W401 Pappajohn Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.
The forum will feature the following speakers and presentations:
George Ayittey: Indigenous and Modern African Institutions: Explaining the Real Causes of Poverty in Africa
Muna B. Ndulo: Is Foreign Aid Working in Africa?
Lyombe Eko: Explaining the Real Causes of Communication Problems in Africa
Denford Madenyika: ICT Infrastructure in Africa: What do We Need in African Schools?
Bell F. Ouelega: Insurance Industry and Africa’s Development
Etse Sikanku: Press Freedom in Africa
Sunday Goshit: African perspectives on environmental issues
Gbenga Ajiboye: The Impact of Corruption on African Youth Development – Case Study- Nigeria
Henri J. Nkuepo: The Real Causes of Food Insecurity in Africa
Over the past couple of years, a number of U.S. universities have set up branch campuses or other extensive satellite ventures (or pulled out of failing ones) particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa: NYU, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and more recently Duke University, just to name a few. Branch campuses can be successful, and meet the needs both of the U.S. institution and of the host country in which the offshore branch is located. Among the reasons U.S.
Navi Bajwa took his studies to the United Kingdom because he wanted to immerse himself in the political and social atmosphere.
“The reason I went to the University of Edinburgh is because of the world-class education that institution has to offer,” the University of Iowa senior said. “I have a lot of family in the UK, and I have been there a lot during my life, so I was comfortable going there.”
University of Iowa officials are split on whether recent changes easing restrictions on obtaining U.S. visas have affected international-student enrollment. Earlier this year, President Obama signed an executive order making tourism and travel more accessible in the United States. Those efforts include new initiatives to make the process of applying for a visa more secure and efficient for international travelers and students. These changes have led to the issuance of more than 7.5 million visas in fiscal 2011 — a 17 percent increase over fiscal 2010.
In today’s world of social media and text messaging, two University of Iowa students have found a way to bring the community together by combining storytelling and art. The collaborative art project Stir Fry is a mix of people of various cultures and ages that are brought together in a series of structured workshops to tell and transform their stories into art.
Trudy Huskamp Peterson, one of the leading archivists in the world and the 2011 International Impact Award recipient at the University of Iowa, will present two workshops on the UI campus. Both events are free and open to the public.
By the time the group of 60 students from the University of Iowa left the Temple Town last week, it was amply clear to them that the field of elementary studies does not limit itself to field trips in one’s own country. “It is also about encountering people and their communities far beyond borders.”
Ten students who spent three weeks in the different campuses of the Mahatma group of schools took back with them loads of information about India, and particularly small town Madurai. But what touched their hearts the most was an appreciation for them from all and also some continued questions about each other. That was true knowledge gained.