Author: Steven Barcus

Language summit draws reps from business, education, healthcare, and government

If 10 years ago you had asked Mark Tyler, president of OEM Fabricators, what cultural knowledge and language skills his company would need to expand onto a global market, he probably would have laughed.

“We are located in Woodville, Wisconsin, which had just over 1,000 people,” Tyler said. “At the time I wouldn’t have seen our business expanding beyond Wisconsin, much less around the world. Continue reading

Award-winning international journalists to attend February conference in Madison

A group of award-winning journalists will visit Madison in February to attend a University of Wisconsin-Madison conference on ethics in human rights reporting.

The conference, titled “Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting,” addresses themes of international press freedom, representation of sources, safety in the field, and cultural difference. It is scheduled for Feb. 9-10, 2018. Continue reading

Awards poise students for “life-changing experiences” abroad

Jaclyn Thoma and Olivia Smith

Jaclyn Thoma and Olivia Smith received the Great People-International Studies Scholarship at the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony.

“If you go into an experience knowing a lot, you will return knowing even more.”

School of Education Dean Diana Hess offered these words of advice to during  the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony. Members of the university community, along with family members and donors, gathered in the Gordon Dining and Event Center on December 5 to celebrate the latest cohort of students receiving awards to study, intern, and research abroad.

Hess remarked that even though the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a top university for students participating in study abroad programs and other international experiences, it is still rare for students to travel outside of the United States. She called the programs “incredible privileges” and encouraged students to take full advantage of their experiences and allow others to learn through them once they return.

Associate Dean Richard Keller delivered remarks on behalf of the International Division. Keller offered words of congratulations to the students on what he was sure would be “life-changing experiences.” He also noted that many of the programs were only possible through the outstanding generosity of donors, who provided funds to support many of the awards. Continue reading

UW-Madison ranked #1 for semester study abroad participation

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been ranked as #1 for semester-long study abroad participation among all U.S. public institutions, and #14 among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad, up two positions from the previous year, according to the Open Doors Report. Continue reading

UW–Madison hosts 160 Pakistani Fulbright Scholars for social movement seminar

A group of 160 Fulbright Scholars from Pakistan may be pursuing their studies at universities across the U.S., but they will have one location in common—Madison, Wisconsin. For the second year in a row, UW–Madison hosted a 3-day orientation seminar for Pakistani Fulbright Scholars. Continue reading

Ariela Suster, Sequence founder, to headline International Education Week

Madison, WI—Sequence Founder and Creative Director Ariela Suster will discuss how she is disrupting the cycle of violence plaguing at-risk youth in El Salvador through her fashion and jewelry brand. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 13, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center, as part of the events planned to celebrate International Education Week (IEW). Continue reading

High-speed internship features lessons in Japanese transportation and work culture

A summer internship with the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) is giving students incredible insights into one of the world’s leading high-speed-rail operators as well as the professional culture of Japan. The internship, developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus and JR Central Chairman Emeritus Yoshiyuki Kasai, allows two to three students to spend eight weeks in various roles with the company.

During the program, which is coordinated through UW–Madison’s International Internship Program, students rotate throughout the company, learning about vital units such as JR Central’s Marketing Division, Personnel Department, Business Promotion Division, and JRC Subsidiaries. In addition, they also get the rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at facilities such as the general control center, a rolling stock workshop, and a Shinkansen driver cabin. Continue reading