International Night is an annual event hosted by the International Student Council (ISC) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to celebrate our diverse international population at the University of Utah, which consists of students and scholars from over 100 different countries. This year’s event theme was “Leave Your Mark on the World” because each international student brings a unique background perspective to our campus that creates a lasting impact.
The University of Utah is proud to host four Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (or “FLTAs”) from Kuwait, India, Russia, and Brazil for the 2019-20 Academic Year. Over the winter break, these four future language teachers had the opportunity to attend the Fulbright FLTA Mid-Year Conference in Washington, DC.
In early October 2019, Kendra Taylor, Sponsored Student Coordinator for the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS), spent two weeks representing the University of Utah in the Middle East as part of a tour led by Linden Educational Services.
“International Night celebrates the many cultures represented at the U and showcases our global community and diversity,” said Sabine Klahr, Associate Chief Global Officer. “It is an event that brings the campus and local community together and promotes unity and intercultural understanding.”
“I always had it in my mind that I would come back,” said Danyal Aziz. In 2016 Aziz was among the first 18 students to participate in a U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water Exchange. Since its launch, the program has welcomed 131 visiting scholars, both faculty and students, to advance their water research at the University of Utah and Colorado State University. In 2017, Aziz finished his Master’s degree at USPCASW partner Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and, after working for a year at the Global Change Impact Studies Center in Pakistan, he made good on the intention set years before and returned to the U as a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering last fall.
From March 8 to March 18, the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah (CIUU), in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Arizona State University (CIASU), led a ten-day tour of China designed to facilitate exchange between American and Chinese educators. The US delegation was made up of 10 educators from Utah and 11 from Arizona, representing teachers, administrators and curriculum designers from multiple school districts in the two states. With the support of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and University of Utah’s partner school Sichuan University (SCU), delegates toured schools in Shanghai and in Sichuan Province, interacted with local educators and students, and explored Chinese cultural sites.
A passport is a powerful thing. A passport opens doors, empowering students to pursue international academic, research professional and personal experiences. In an effort to make passports available to more students, the Office for Global Engagement (OGE) and Learning Abroad are proud to announce that CIEE, one of the U’s vetted affiliate study abroad providers, will be bringing their Passport Caravan to the University next Academic Year. As part of CIEE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, they’ve pledged to provide 10,000 students across the country with passports by 2020. After an extensive 12-month long grant process, Learning Abroad has been accepted to host the Passport Caravan and will be partnering with CIEE to provide 100 passport to U of U students who will be first-time adult passport holders.
In 2017, China’s central government formally introduced a new concept to the country—the creation of national parks. The idea is to set national standards to prevent environmental destruction of natural resources while the country’s population continues to grow. A year later, the Chinese government partnered with the University of Utah’s Office of Global Engagement and Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism to learn more about Utah’s national parks and public land policies in an effort to build its new program using best practices honed in the United States during the past nearly 150 years.
On March 8-9, 2019, six University of Utah undergraduates competed in the 15th Annual West Coast Model European Union at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Hosted by UW’s Center for West European Studies and Foster School of Business, this competition brings together teams from the Pac-12 as well as other universities from across the U.S. and Canada, including Brigham Young University, Claremont Colleges, University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria.