International Education Week

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"International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences."
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International Education Week (IEW) is typically held during the third week in November. Rice University has participated for many years in IEW as a way to celebrate our international students and scholars who come from all around the globe, and many other globalization initiatives across the university, helping to make Rice an internationally diverse and culturally rich campus. As Rice's IEW celebrations continue to evolve and cross-campus participation continues to increase, OISS strongly encourages departments across campus to find ways to commemorate internationalization efforts in their areas.

Please check back often for changes and updates to our IEW activities taking place in November and click below to see events from previous IEW's!

This year's IEW will be held from November 16-20, 2020! Please see below for a full schedule, and make sure to check back often as events will continue to be added.

Throughout International Education Week

Plant a Tree!

During this year's International Education Week, for each entry submitted to the virtual IEW events of Recommended Reading or International Recipes, OISS will plant a tree via American Forests!

American Forests, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S., works to reverse trends in deforestation. They have been restoring forests for more than 140 years. Today these efforts are more important than ever and OISS is excited to contribute. Please consider submitting a recommended book or a favorite recipe (you can even do both!).

By participating in Recommended Reading or International Recipes, you will get to share a piece of your culture and help OISS plant trees!

OISS hosted a Plant a Tree campaign also during IEW 2019, and as a result 63 trees were donated through American Forests last year in celebration of International Education Week 2019.

International Recommended Reading

To celebrate International Education, OISS is creating a list of International Recommended Reading. These are books that somehow represent what is special and amazing about the culture they are from. To submit a book to be included, please visit http://bit.ly/IEWreading. To see the list of recommended reading, please visit the IEW Recommended Reading webpage.

For each Recommended Reading submission during IEW 2020, OISS will donate one tree through American Forests!

International Recipes

We all know that food brings people together. Therefore, to celebrate International Education, OISS is collecting a list of International Recipes to be shared among the Rice community. To submit your favorite international recipe, please visit http://bit.ly/IEWrecipe. To see the recipes submitted so far, please visit the IEW Recipes webpage.

For each International Recipe submission during IEW 2020, OISS will donate one tree through American Forests!

November 9 - 13, 2020

"My World" (virtual) Tours! – Daily at 12:15pm

OISS hosted 16 "My World" virtual tours during spring 2020, and we are very excited to bring "My World" tours back in celebration of International Education Week! Tours will be offered daily (if we have enough volunteer tour guides) on November 9 - 13 (the week leading up to IEW).

Please visit https://oiss.rice.edu/myworld to see how you can participate by joining a tour, or by volunteering to lead one!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

CCAS Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series – 7:00pm

The Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series addresses grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment that are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asia Studies be re-crafted. All seminars are free and open to the public.

On November 12th, Dr. Ka-Kin Cheuk, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will present a seminar: The End of a Diasporic Economy? Some Ethnographic Insights from the Indian Traders in Southeast China. This seminar will be presented over Zoom. Please visit https://chaocenter.rice.edu/programs/TARI for additional information.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

CCAS Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series – 12:00pm

The Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) Seminar Series addresses grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment that are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asia Studies be re-crafted. All seminars are free and open to the public.

On November 19th, Dr. Eric Huntington, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will present a seminar: In Light of Color: An Interdisciplinary and Transnational View of Buddhist Chromatics . This seminar will be presented over Zoom. Please visit https://chaocenter.rice.edu/programs/TARI for additional information.

Puentes Consortium Funding Opportunities – 4:00pm

Come learn about the Puentes Consortium funding opportunities for collaborative research between U.S. and Mexico. The virtual information session is hosted on November 19th at 4:00 p.m. by Ivonne Cruz, Puentes Consortium Program Administrator.

Link for the Zoom webinar: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/97574440801?pwd=OW5zc2kzRFJyMWo2WUxTSllvZm1mUT09.

Group of students holding a trophy
Team Americas – winners of the Mini Soccer World Cup 2019!

Special thanks to all the IEW pacticipants:

  • Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Brasil@Rice Office
  • Chao Center for Asian Studies
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS)
  • Office of the President
  • Puentes Consortium, Mexico Center

International Education Week from Previous Years (click on the year for the calendar of events):

Click here for IEW posters from past years.

Please also see https://oiss.rice.edu/essay-competition for the winning essays of the IEW 2019 Essay Competition.