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In the news: Student photos capture the UI global experience in Iowa and abroad

November 16th, 2020

An Amish couple returning home in a horse-buggy (1st place winner – Exploring Local Cultures and Traditions)
Chandra Kumar Maharjan
Graduate student
Department: neuroscience and pharmacology
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Location: Kalona, Iowa

By Ben Partridge, Iowa Now

A Hawkeye view from the highest coastal mountain in Brazil. A celebration of international LGBTQ+ students living in the Midwest. A leap for joy in the Highlands of Scotland.

These moments were experienced and captured in photos by current and former University of Iowa students—including U.S. students who studied abroad, international students on campus, and alumni. They are among the winning images selected for the 2020 International Programs annual photo contest as part of International Education Week—a way to inspire greater awareness of the many ways UI students can experience international education.

The UI will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16–20. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrates the ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community-building in both domestic and international settings.

In addition to showcasing 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 other key events.

“The multiple crises facing our world underscore just how interconnected the globe is,” says Russell Ganim, UI associate provost and dean of International Programs. “Iowa is as much engaged with the world now as it ever was. The mission of International Programs remains crucial not only to inform our community about rapid change but to respond in a thoughtful and engaged manner that remains true to our values as an institution of higher learning. International Programs is here to provide guidance and facilitate collaboration as we emerge from these challenges in a way that makes us stronger and more hopeful.”

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