Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Ben Partridge

There is a lot of classical Chinese architecture in Beihai Park in Beijing. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, this was a royal park. Photo by Haochen Liang

A student’s first glimpse of the ocean during an excursion to the Galapagos. An evening in Seville that inspired a Spanish-learning journey. A welcoming carpet of black-eyed Susans in bloom on the Pentacrest.

These moments were experienced and captured in photos by University of Iowa students who studied abroad, international students on campus, UI staff, and alumni. They are among the winning images selected for the 2021 International Programs annual photo contest as part of International Education Week—a way to inspire greater awareness of the many ways the UI community can experience international education.

To view a gallery of all this year’s photo submissions, visit the IEW 2021 Photo Contest Flickr Album or visit the Center for Language and Cultural Learning at 111 Phillips Hall to view a curated display.

In addition to this year’s photo contest winners, the UI celebration also will feature award ceremonies for the annual UI International Impact Award recipients, Global Student Awards, and a number of key events reflecting the diverse work being done across campus to advance global engagement.

In many ways, this year’s celebration more significant than others given the global challenges the world faced during the last year due
to COVID-19.

“Our world is in transition,” says Russell Ganim, UI associate provost and dean of International Programs. “As a result, it is incumbent upon us to continue learning about the world as people adapt and renew themselves in a shifting global environment. International Education Week focuses on how individual responses to disruption reflect trends seen across the world. Whether the changes occur in the realms of health, sustainability, inclusion, or security, the goal is the same: to show connections across distance, language, and culture in a way that reinforces our commonality and provides inspiration to tackle the collective challenges that lie ahead.”