The University of New Mexico Global Education Office (GEO) and Recreation Services are hosting the first-ever Lobo World Cup as part of International Education Week (IEW). The soccer tournament, featuring teams assembled by international students representing their home countries, runs from Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 16, and will be played on UNM’s Johnson Field, located on the east side of Johnson Center Gym. 

“International Education Week began in 2000 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education,” said Mary Anne Saunders, special assistant to the President for Global Initiatives. “IEW is a great opportunity for exchange students to share with their host communities their cultures and highlight the benefits of student mobility and global education.”

IEW activities take place Nov. 11-15, and include the Lobo World Cup, an International Experience Photo Contest, and an “Iron Chef” style International Cook-Off on Monday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in SUB Ballrooms A and B. 

Lobo World Cup Teams must have a minimum of 11 players with a maximum of 20 players rallied around a specific country or sovereign nation. All members must be enrolled students at UNM – undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. or students in the Center for English Language and American Culture. At least one member of the team must be affiliated with the representing country or sovereign nation, and teams can be co-ed.

Teams can register and pay the $60 registration fee by cash or check at the GEO reception desk in Mesa Vista Hall, room 2120. The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.  For more information about the tournament and other IEW activities, visit GEO.

“Our common future is shaped by the ties of friendship and understanding that our international students make with domestic students through studying together, eating together and sharing their experiences,” said Saunders. “These relationships last a lifetime.”

For more information, contact Danielle Gilliam, administrative officer, Global Education Office, 505-277-6051, dgilliam@unm.edu