The opportunities and successes of global engagement and education will be the focus of a weeklong celebration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) beginning Monday, Nov. 11, and running through Monday, Nov. 18.
International Education Week at UNO will feature events designed to celebrate the lives and cultures of the 1988 international students that travel to UNO from over 120 different countries, including Saudi Arabia, China, India, Oman and others.
The week is bookended with celebrations for graduating international students, on Nov. 11, including handing out of several scholarships, and incoming international students, on Nov. 18. The Nov. 18 event will be hosted by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and NU President J.B. Miliken.
Other events occurring during the week include:
Bethsaida Archeology Exhibit Open House - (Nov. 11 – 15)
The public is welcome to visit and learn about the lost city of Bethsaida in Israel as well as UNO’s decades-long archeological dig project and how to volunteer to participate.
Global Marketplace and Bake Sale - (Nov. 12, Nov. 15)
Internationally-themed gifts and baked goods will be available for purchase with proceeds going to UNO’s International Student Emergency Loan Fund.
International Outreach - (Nov. 13 – 14)
UNO international students will visit the Open Door Mission to help prepare food and bag toys and visit with Beveridge Middle School students to participate in intercultural activities.
Café Internationale - (Nov. 14)
An open house for International Studies and Programs with refreshments, music, informational display tables and more. Students from Beveridge Middle School and Creighton Prep High School will be in attendance.
Nebraska Neighbors - (Nov. 15 – 16)
International students will travel to West Point, Neb. for two days of cultural exchange, including visiting schools, a feedlot and a music studio.
The importance of UNO’s connection to the international community is vitally important as international students at UNO regularly contribute millions to the economy. Between 2012 and 2013 alone estimates are that UNO international students contributed over $57 million to the local economy.
International Education Week is just one example of UNO’s commitment to global engagement. As one of UNO’s campus priorities, there are numerous educational, research and internship efforts for students and faculty members.
UNO is home to a wide variety of study abroad and international travel programs, some of the most recent including students researching water quality in Peru, members of the UNO Jazz Band performing in Lithuania and visits by faculty members to Afghanistan to establish a School of Journalism in Kabul.
UNO is also home to one of the largest collections of artifacts and documents from Afghanistan, the Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection, and one of the world’s most successful international professional development programs.
For more information about International Education Week or any of UNO’s international education offerings, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402.554.2129.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska's metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.