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V.I.P - Valuable International Perspectives

Launched in Spring 2008, V.I.P. serves as a place to highlight international perspectives on a variety of topics. It is an opportunity to showcase the wonderful wealth of cultural and traditional differences and similarities, as well as individual perspectives that our Rice international students & scholars bring to our campus and community.

We hope the information will provide great learning opportunities for all, as well as fun for Rice internationals as they share their knowledge and rich cultural backgrounds. Please check back often, as new topics and publications will be added monthly.

V.I.P. Topic for the Year 2012: 100 Valuable International Perspectives

In honor of Rice’s 100th year birthday, we will be posting stories and experiences about the most memorable, interesting and/or best intercultural experience our internationals have had at Rice University.  Our internationals have been invited to contribute their experiences, whether funny, educational, sad, or happy at http://bit.ly/CentennialVIPsurvey. Check back often to read what Rice internationals have to share!  Every entry will also be added to our raffle for Rice "birthday" prizes!

Check out  Rice's Most Memorable Intercultural Moments 

V.I.P. Topic for the Year 2011: Favorite Vacation Spot in My Home Country and Why!

January 2011 -  Thailand's Various Regions  - respectfully submitted by Porramate Chumyim, Rice Ph.D. student

February 2011 -  China's Mongolian Minority  - respectfully submitted by Guanhui Gao, Rice Ph.D. student

March 2011 -  Dynamic Korea, Part II  - respectfully submitted by Sangwon Kim, Rice undergraduate student

April 2011 -  Esfahan, Iran  - respectfully submitted by Arsalan Kazemi, Rice undergraduate student

May 2011 -   Pakistan's Lahore  - respectfully submitted by Ayesha Khan, Rice Fulbright Master's student

June 2011 -   Greece Thassos   - respectfully submitted by Ioulia Moustei, spouse of Rice Ph.D. student

July 2011 -  Russia's Saint Petersburg   - respectfully submitted by Anton Naumov, Rice Ph.D. alumni

August 2011 -  Guatemala  - respectfully submitted by Jin A Lee, Rice undergraduate student

September 2011 - Finland - respectfully submitted by Andy Meretoja, Rice staff and spouse of Rice postdoc

October 2011 - Houston, TX - respectfully submitted by the OISS Staff

November 2011 -  Austria Salzkammergut  - respectfully submitted by Marlene Schwaighofer, spouse of Rice scholar

December 2011 - Bulgaria's Veliko Tarnovo - respectfully submitted by Dr. Tsanka Dikova, Fulbright visiting professor  

V.I.P. Topic for the Year 2010: Special Holiday and/or National Day Celebrations Around the World

January 2010 -  Brazil's Holiday Celebration (Christmas)  - respectfully submitted by Camila Zies, Rice Ph.D. student

February 2010 - China's Spring Festival   - respectfully submitted by Jiakui Wang, Rice Ph.D. student

March 2010 -  Madagascar's Alahamady Be (Malagasy New Year's Eve)    - respectfully submitted by Onja H. Razafindratsima, Rice Ph.D. student

April 2010 (no submission)

May 2010 -   Austria's May Traditions   - respectfully submitted by Marlene Schwaighofer, spouse of Rice research scholar

June 2010 -  Greece's Easter Celebrations  - respectfully submitted by Venetia Rigou, Rice Ph.D. student

July 2010 -   Kazakhstan's New Year  - respectfully submitted by Ainur Koshkinbayeva, Rice Ph.D. student

August 2010 -  Nigeria's New Year Festival  - respectfully submitted by Enoch Olujide Gbadegesin and Abidemi Babatunde Babalola, Rice Ph.D. students

September 2010 -  Thanksgiving in the USA  - respectfully submitted by the OISS Staff

October 2010 - India's Diwali Celebration  - respectfully submitted by Kamal Sharma, Rice Ph.D. student

November 2010 -  Egypt's Sham El Nessim Festival  - respectfully submitted by Yousra AlKabani and Ahmed Elnably, Rice Ph.D. students

December 2010 -
Thailand's Loy Krathong Celebration  - respectfully submitted by Porramate Chumyim, Rice Ph.D. student

V.I.P. Topic for the Year 2009: Wedding Customs Around the World

January 2009 - Nepal's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Suman Khatiwada, Rice Ph.D. student   

February 2009 - Ukraine's Wedding Customs - respectfully submitted by Natalya Voynarovska, spouse of Rice Ph.D. student

March 2009 - Kazakhstan's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Damir Aidarkhanov, Rice Professional Science Masters student

April 2009 - Ghana's Wedding Customs - respectfully submitted by Dzifa Duose, Rice Ph.D. student 

May 2009 - India's Wedding Customs - respectfully submitted by Sravani Gullapalli & Aparna Raju Sagi, Rice Ph.D. students

June 2009 - Turkey's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Sinan Ertemel, Rice Ph.D. student

July 2009 - China's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Xihong Li, Rice undergraduate student

August 2009 - South Korea's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Sera Yoon, Rice undergraduate student

September 2009 - Brazil's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Marcio P. de Cerqueira, Rice MBA student

October 2009 - Iran's Wedding Customs- respectfully submitted by Mehrdad Majzoobi and Ehsan Aryafar, Rice Ph.D. students

November 2009 - Greece's Wedding Customs - respectfully submitted by Venetia Rigou, Rice Ph.D. student

December 2009 -  Mexico's Wedding Customs  - respectfully submitted by Lily Trevino, spouse of Rice Ph.D. student

 

V.I.P. Topic for the Year 2008: The Election Process for Heads of State

As 2008 began, so did the long and complex US presidential election process. We rarely have the opportunity to learn more about the election process of different countries. V.I.P. Topic 2008 highlights new countries each month, as a learning tool for everyone at Rice and beyond.

January 2008 - India's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Harshit Chatur, Rice MBA student

February 2008 - Argentina's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Juan Pablo Micozzi, Rice Ph.D. student

March 2008 - Hungary's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Attila Cserep, Rice Fulbright Visiting Scholar

April 2008 - Australia's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Sarah Lee, Rice Ph.D. student

May 2008 (no submission)

June 2008 - Israel's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Dr. Nurit Haspel, Rice Postdoc Research Associate

July 2008 - Mexico's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Carla Martinez, Rice Ph.D. student

August 2008 - Bulgaria's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Iliya Atasanov, Rice Ph.D. student

September 2008 -
S. Korea's Legislative Election Process - respectfully submitted by Jinhyeok Jang, Rice Ph.D. student
S. Korea's Presidential Election Process - respectfully submitted by Seonghui Lee, Rice Ph.D. student
S. Korea's Election Process - respectfully submitted by Soo Jin Kim, Rice undergraduate student                            

October 2008 - Iraq's Election Process- respectfully submitted by Fadi Muneeb Al-Asadi, Rice Visiting Scholar

November 2008 - Turkey's Election Process- respectfully submitted by Özgür İnal, Rice Ph.D. student

*Special Edition* - Mock UN Election Results - respectfully submitted by the Office of International Students & Scholars in commemoration of International Education Week 2008

December 2008 -  Thailand's Election Process- respectfully submitted by Kanes Sutuntivorakoon & Kasin Sutuntivorakoon, Rice undergraduate student and his brother