International Education Week


The Office of International Education and Development will be hosting International Week Feb. 27 to March 2.

The 2012 International Week, called Globalization: A Reality for 21st Century Students, is geared toward informing students about international opportunities and internships. The week of events begins Monday with the Roll Call and Parade of Nations hosted by OIED in the quadrangle around the Eternal Flame.

Will Guzmán, director of the Office of Black Diasporan Culture, will be hosting the African-Caribbean Concert in Lee Hall at 7 p.m. This is the second time that the Office of Black Diasporan Culture has hosted the African-Caribbean Concert at FAMU.

Students are excited for the week of international activities. Students from every school and college can find something that suits them.

For students who are in the School of Business and Industry, Tuesday is the best day to get involved. The SBI Global Forum will be hosted in Lee Hall Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Keeping consistent with its mission, OIED seeks to help students to bridge the gap to become more competitive internationally. The OIED knows that importance of being able to compete globally.

“FAMU has a significant role to play in providing students with opportunities that will enable them to compete successfully in the current global marketplace,” reads the OIED homepage. “In this global environment, students with cross-cultural and language competencies will be more successful in the job market.”

The remainder of the events will continue to inform students of different options for working abroad. From the Study and Internship Abroad Student Forum Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Perry Paige Auditorium to the Journalism Global Colloquium Thursday at 11 a.m. in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications’ lecture hall, students will learn about working abroad.

“I support any effort that values culture and education. I think it is a wonderful thing to have students study abroad and indulge in the new experiences, people and information that is involved,” said Alex Stone, a junior English education student from Miami.

“I wasn’t even aware of International Week, but I do plan on attending and inviting my friends too now that I know.”

International Week will end on March 2 with the Study Abroad Showcase on the Set at noon hosted by OIED.

“I haven’t really heard that much about it although it sounds like a positive thing,” said Danielle Sutton, 19, a sophomore political science student from Winter Haven. “It seems to showcase more that the traditional abroad destinations like the UK and Paris, which is pretty cool.

“It sounds like something one should look into.”