With a “Go Greater, Go Global!” theme, UF will once again participate in the celebration of International Education Week (IEW) this November. This joint annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
As UF continues to rise in the ranks of the nation’s top public universities, the university is keenly aware of the importance of its global engagements in this effort. As President Kent Fuchs said in this year’s State of the University address: “If we are to be one of the world’s great research universities, as we are, our research and our education must have meaningful connections to every group, every people, every culture across our planet. It is imperative that we remain committed to making sure every international student, every international applicant and every potential applicant know that UF is a place that welcomes students from all nations and cultures and ethnicities.”
The Gator Nation is home to more than 6,600 international students from more than 140 countries. UF also hosts about 2,000 visiting scholars every year, and this year more than 2,600 of UF’s students studied abroad at more than 66 destinations. On any given day, year-round, UF faculty and staff from all parts of the university can be found across the world, carrying out research, participating in conferences and workshops, or teaching. UF’s reach is global, and it makes us greater.
The International Center invites all UF colleges, departments and centers to celebrate their own contributions to go greater in achieving UF’s global goals by organizing international education activities during the celebratory week.
For questions related to International Education Week or for help in publicizing your events, please contact Mabel Cardec at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 273-1515. A list of activities hosted by the International Center, as well as other UF events marking IEW can be found here.