This week the UNM Global Education Office (GEO) is highlighting the value of global perspectives as part of a world-wide celebration known as International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 16-20. Designated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education, IEW events promote cross-cultural awareness and highlight opportunities for students to become more connected to and educated about the global environment.

UNM will kick off its IEW celebration with a Study Abroad Fair on Monday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building Atrium, highlighting over 200 study abroad options for students. As complimentary attractions, UNM GEO is offering free passport photos and passport information and hosting an International Dessert Competition from 12 to 1 p.m. The competition will showcase desserts prepared by UNM international students from seven countries and GEO will award a $500 study abroad scholarship to eligible students who register with the event.

Additional IEW events include the UNM Geography Department’s GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and various lectures. For more information, visit: schedule of events.

In the last year, UNM study abroad participation has increased by 19 percent and increased by over 55 percent in the last three years. GEO has strengthened its education abroad initiatives in recent years in response to President Robert G. Frank’s vision to provide every Lobo an international experience, whether it is through study abroad or by infusing more international perspectives into the classroom.

“International education experiences like studying abroad develop students’ critical thinking and communications skills,” said David Wright, associate director for UNM Education Abroad. “These soft-skills are key to understanding and thriving in today’s global economy.”

For more information or to suggest an event to the IEW @ UNM calendar contact: Danielle Gilliam, Administrative Officer, or 277-6051