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Succeeding globally is theme of International Education Week

by Jeanne Baron

Nov. 1, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Legally Desi event at WMU.
WMU celebrates international education Nov. 14-19.
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will highlight a variety of countries and cultures during its International Education Week, set for Monday through Saturday, Nov. 14-19.

Numerous entertaining and educational events have been scheduled for the local observance on WMU's main campus throughout the week, and most are free and open to the public. "International Education: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally" is this year's theme for the week, which is being organized by the University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and precedes the 2011 Kalamazoo Russian Festival being held Saturday, Nov. 19, at WMU.

A joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education, the week promotes programs that not only prepare Americans for a global environment, but also attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

The theme reflects sentiments about International Education Week expressed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when he said: "It celebrates the benefits of understanding the world around us so we can better communicate and collaborate with others from different cultures. It is an ideal opportunity to inspire students to broaden their horizons through global learning, foreign languages and international exchange."

Questions about WMU's International Education Week events may be directed to Denis Mursoi, WMU international programming intern, at: or (269) 387-5872. A partial list of the week's events follows.

WMU International Education Week events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Nov. 14

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Wednesday Nov. 16

Thursday, Nov. 17

Friday, Nov. 18

Saturday, Nov. 19

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