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2005.11.16> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Institute for International Education Ranks UNO 22nd Nationally

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has been ranked 22nd nationally among master's institutions in terms of international student enrollment for the 2004-2005 academic year.  The Institute of International Education (IIE) released the ranking information on Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C.  This week is also International Education Week.

"The work being done at UNO has literally brought the world to Omaha," said Tom Gouttierre, the dean of international studies at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  "International education builds understanding and opportunity for everyone involved."

Last year, IIE ranked UNO 23rd among master's institutions.

For the current semester, there are 807 international participants at UNO.  The three countries that are providing the greatest number of students are India (108 students), Japan (85 students) and Korea (80 students).  In all, 101countries--ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia—are represented on campus.  Top areas of study for UNO international students include computer science, international studies, management of information systems and economics. 

UNO established International Studies and Programs (IS & P) in 1973. Over the years, UNO has developed an international reputation in particular for its Center for Afghanistan Studies and the Bethsaida (Israel) Excavation Project. 

The IIE provided the rankings after holding a press conference at the National Press Club that focused on international academic mobility, U.S. students abroad and international students and scholars on U.S. campuses during 2004-2005. Thomas A. Farrell, deputy assistant secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Allan E. Goodman, president, IIE, were the opening speakers.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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UNO has a full slate of International Education Week activities under way on and off campus.  Call for more information, or visit www.unomaha.edu/news/releases/2005/11/08_international.php.

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