International student enrollment at the University of Iowa, as well as study abroad participation by UI students, have continued to grow faster than national trends. This is according to data released today by the Institute of International Education through its annual Open Doors report.
Each year, two students who show exemplary Hawkeye spirit are selected to represent the University of Iowa’s student body as its Homecoming king and queen.
Those two students are chosen not by election, but through a process that includes a written application, reference letters, and an interview. Candidates are considered for the honor based on their leadership, scholarship, and service, as well as their enthusiasm for the university.
This year, seniors Wei Du, a finance and accounting major from Jinan, China, and Kevin Velovitch, a finance and management major from Noblesville, Ind., were chosen to wear the crowns.
As local communities such as Iowa City become more globally diverse, university officials say foreign-language education becomes critical.
“When you study a foreign language … you learn about yourself in the context of foreign cultures,” said Steve Ungar, a University of Iowa professor of cinema/comparative literature.
This year, the UI held its first Adopt-A-Language Fair on Nov. 11 to kick-off International Education Week by promoting foreign languages less commonly studied by university students.
At 5:00 p.m. on November 11th, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber, Joan Kjaer will host a very special edition of WorldCanvass where, in addition to a full program that is free and open to the public, University of Iowa President Sally Mason will present the second annual International Impact Award to Dr. Trudy Huskamp Peterson. Former acting archivist of the United States, founding executive director of the Open Society Archives, and director of archives and records management for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Peterson’s achievements are of the very highest order. The award recognizes her tenacious commitment, sometimes in the face of intimidation, to the protection and appropriate dissemination of documents that tell truths that some would rather never be told. Through her work, records that have been subject to the ravages of war are given a voice to reveal abuses of power that otherwise may never have come to light.
While the number of students studying abroad in India is booming, the number of University of Iowa students learning the subcontinent’s major language is stagnant.
Philip Lutgendorf, a UI professor of Hindi, said the traveling trend hasn’t “translated into more students enrolling in Hindi courses.”
Twenty-five UI students studied abroad in India in the 2006-07 school year. This number more than quadrupled to 115 students last school year.
It was during a brief phone call when Maria Kummer, Friends of International Students (FIS) board member, let Olayinka Oladimeji, a doctoral student in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa, know that she was praying for her family back home in Nigeria because of an upsurge in violence.
Peace Corps officials say the group is seeing record number of volunteers this year, which may coincide with the organization’s growing popularity as an alternative to graduate school or jobs following graduation.
Currently, the organization has 9,095 U.S. volunteers stationed around the globe, said Meredith Mahy Gall, the University of Iowa Peace Corps representative. Included in that number are 41 UI alumni.
The University of Iowa is opening gates for students to attend a study-abroad program in Cuba this winter.
This latest inclusion in the destinations offered by the UI Office for Study Abroad came after President Obama decided to ease regulations on sponsored trips to Cuba by accredited universities and religious organizations in January.
Limits on study-abroad programs were first put in place in 2004 by then-President George W. Bush.
International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, will be celebrated at the University of Iowa Friday, Nov. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 17, offering several opportunities for the public to engage in international activities around campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka will be recognized in Iowa City this weekend for his outstanding contributions to world literature and his commitment to the struggle for human rights.
At 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Soyinka will receive the Rex D. Honey African Studies Program Lectureship Award. A ceremony will be held in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium after Soyinka presents the lecture “Technology and the Writer: Open Book and Closed Text.” At 7:30 p.m., Soyinka will read from his work in the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washingon St. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Sehgal Family Foundation has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Iowa for its India Winterim program. The gift will be used toward scholarships for students studying at the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, India, during the upcoming three-week winter session.
IRRAD, an initiative of the Sehgal Family Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, enables the empowerment of rural communities in India. The institute carries out grassroots research and develops sustainable and replicable models for improving water management, small-scale agriculture, rural governance, sanitation and health, and other related areas of rural development.
(Media-Newswire.com) – “Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity,” a conference hosted by the University of Iowa Department of Classics and School of Music, will include free Oct. 28 and 30 performances of the oldest surviving opera, Jacopo Peri’s “Euridice.” The performances by the UI Opera Studio, conducted from the keyboard by faculty member Gregory Hand, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Riverside Recital Hall.
Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Thursday and Friday sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs.
The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.
Telling: Iowa City hopes to change that. This unique theatrical production will bring men and women to the stage–including six University of Iowa student veterans and other Iowa veterans from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force–to share their experiences working in field hospitals in Vietnam, flying through the oil-filled skies of Desert Storm or otherwise serving in Afghanistan, North Carolina, and at the Pentagon.
The International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will welcome Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka to the UI Sunday, Nov. 6. He will take part in two free, public events: He will receive the Rex Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the UI African Studies Program, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library; and he will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the Englert Theatre.