International Ed. Week: International Education Week Underscores Importance of Language and Culture Study

Coming on the heels of the Chancellor’s return from Greater China, International Education Week (November 15 – 19) offers students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to reflect on how best to prepare for careers in a fast changing, interconnected world.  A joint initiative of the U. S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week will be celebrated across campus with a series of internationally themed events and activities.

“International education is no longer an add-on to any major or field of study,” says Gilles Bousquet, vice provost for globalization and dean of the Division of International Studies. “It is essential in every field. Today, every student needs to gain the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to succeed in an increasingly international sphere. Wisconsin has a long, proud history of global engagement and producing globally talented graduates that create better lives for people in the state and around the world. Celebrating International Education Week as a community reflects our on-going commitment to that tradition.”

Recent developments, including programs of the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, have been established to support international education across campus. These include initiatives to increase international internship opportunities, add faculty to the International Studies major, internationalize science curricula, develop an undergraduate seminar on global health issues, and establish a new undergraduate certificate in professional communication in East Asian languages.

This week is also Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 15-21 and the month of November is International Opportunities Month here on campus!

Below please find some of the international events scheduled during this week. To see a listing of international events campus-wide each week, see Global Happenings:



  • International Education Week Photo Exhibit. Celebrate International Education Week by enjoying an exhibit of prize-winning photographs taken by UW-Madison international and study abroad students. The photographs depict scenes from around the world and fall into several categories, including international cultures, natural and urban landscapes, Badgers abroad, and best UW experience.Nov. 15 – Nov. 19
    8 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Gallery Red Gym and Armory, Floor 2
    For more:
    Visit the Web site.


  • International Internships Development Workshop. Sponsored by the International Internships Program, Division of International Studies.1:30 – 2:15 p.m. / 1155 Observatory Drive (map) / 336 Ingraham Hall
    For more: visit the Web site, e-mail, or call 608-261-1359
  • Symposium: Ethnicity, Identity, and Emigration from the Regions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Sponsored by the Max Kade Institute, the Center for Russia, East Asia, and Central Europe (CREECA), and the Center for European Studies (CES).3 – 6 p.m. / 800 Langdon Street / Memorial Union
    For more:
    Read full paper abstract.


  • Grameen America and the Microfinance Movement: Past, Present & Future. One of the highlights of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 is a two-day visit to campus by representatives of Grameen America, the highly successful organization that provides affordable micro-loans to financially empower low-income entrepreneurs.  This talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required.5 p.m. / 1610 Engineering Hall
    For more: Jeanan Yasiri 608-335-2980 or


  • Grameen America Day on Campus. Grameen America representatives will meet with faculty, staff, and students in classes and with student microfinance organizations.
    For more: Doug Bradley 608-263-0238 or Cynthia Sweet 608-262-7840


  • 9th Annual International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Celebration. Open a Book … Open a Door … Open your Mind … to the World. The annual celebration is sponsored by the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium.8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / 702 Langdon Street / Pyle Center, Room 325
    For more: Visit the Web site.