The goal of the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project is to deliver educational information to underserved places, so it’s fitting that the 500th eGranary Digital Library was installed this summer in the remote island village of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site off the coast of Kenya in East Africa.
UI President Sally Mason, fresh off a summer visit to China and Taiwan, highlighted the growing reach of UI as what she called a “global institution” Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.
Mason shared slides from the UI delegation’s trip to Asia, a 10-day visit in July designed to strengthen current relationships with alumni and partners in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai, and establish new ties.
About 700 first-time international students came to Iowa City this fall, bringing the international student total to about 3,700. These students represent 111 countries and are a part of every field of academic study available at UI.
For these students, making the move to Iowa City can be nerve-racking, exciting and, at times, a downright daunting experience. For 41 years, the University of Iowa Friends of International Students has worked to make the transition to America easier by connecting international students with members of the Iowa City community — called friends — to help the students feel more comfortable away from home and introduce them to American culture and customs.
Season four of International Programs’ WorldCanvass series begins on Friday, Sept. 21, with a critical look at the life, times, triumphs, and defeats of one of the major figures in European history, Napoleon Bonaparte. Hosted by Joan Kjaer, WorldCanvass explores international topics through lively conversation between scholars and community experts. The program is produced in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum one Friday a month from 5-7 p.m., and is distributed widely through television, radio and iTunes. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.
The annual report for the Japan Outreach Initiative, which details educational Japanese outreach activities throughout the state of Iowa, is now published. Yume Hidaka served as the UI's Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) coordinator during her two-year stay in UI International Programs. She completed more than 100 visits in 25 cities to Iowa K-12 schools, libraries, senior centers, and communities, bringing a deeper understanding of Japan to Iowans through interactive presentations about everything from daily life and school in Japan to common greetings and business etiquette.
Many international students step foot on campus with only their suitcase, but one local church continues to help newcomers fill their apartments. International students spend roughly $9,500 in the first 12 months of living at the University of Iowa, said Lee Seedorff, assistant director for advising at International Student and Scholar Services. This figure includes purchasing housing, food, furniture, and basic living expenses.
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.
Join Salsa Vibe and the UI’s Global Village for a night of salsa dancing, musical performances, and a dance competition at this year’s Gusto Latino. Gusto Latino has been an annual event at the UI for over two decades. It brings together a wide range of students and community members of diverse backgrounds to interact through music, dance, and conversation.
Each summer, UI International Programs hosts a Global Education Summer Institute for K-12 teachers throughout the State of Iowa. This year’s theme broadly addressed global literacy concepts and the 21st century skills of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
The International Crossroads Community (ICC), a University of Iowa living and learning community, was recently awarded the April/May Student Organization of the Month Award by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding dedication and work by UI student organizations, and ICC has been specifically acknowledged for its recently successful event, Gusto Latino.
Gusto Latino was held Friday, April 29, 2011, at Old Brick in Iowa City. Watch this video of highlights!
The UI’s annual Latin dance party Gusto Latino will be held Friday, April 29, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for students with an ID.
Join us on April 8 when WorldCanvass guests examine the public and private lives of women in Russia and Eastern Europe during the years since the collapse of the Soviet era. An international panel of guests will highlight the themes of a major conference taking place at the University of Iowa on April 7 and 8 called “20 Years after the Berlin Wall: Women’s Shifting Roles and Status in Post-Communist Europe.”
Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.
Looking for a University of Iowa camiseta for your hermana? You’re in luck. The University of Iowa recently launched a line of foreign language T-shirts that proclaim the University of Iowa in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.