The University of New Mexico International Education Week (IEW) kicks off Monday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballrooms, with the second annual UNM International Cook-Off. Six teams of students – from Bangladesh, China, the Czech Republic, India, Iran and Japan – cook in a live “Iron Chef” style competition for the best cuisine, which concludes with public sampling of each team’s dishes and a door prize drawing for a study abroad scholarship of up to $1,500 donated by Enrollment Management. The event is organized by the Global Education Office (GEO) and is free and open to the public.

“The International Cook-Off is a great platform for our international students to share their cultures and perspectives,” said Mary Anne Saunders, special assistant to the president for global initiatives. “The event is also designed to inspire our domestic students to consider studying abroad.”

Saunders said she hopes faculty and staff encourage students to attend this event, which drew more than 400 students last year.

The event features five judges: UNM First Lady Janet Frank; James Beard Foundation semifinalist chef, Jennifer James; KOAT 7 morning news anchor, Marisa Maez; Albuquerque-Bernalillo Trade Alliance representative, Randy Trask; and Mayor of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and UNM alumnus, Larry Abraham.

The International Cook-Off kicks of a series of UNM events for IEW, Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21, a U.S. Department of State weeklong celebration now in its 15th year. The event aims to promote international understanding and cooperation as well as build support for international educational exchange – values that resonate strongly with UNM’s internationalization goals contained in UNM Vision 2020.

“We have made notable progress in expanding UNM’s international footprint over the last year,” Saunders said. “We have increased the number of international students at UNM by 33 percent overall compared to last fall and we have also seen a 28 percent increase in students studying abroad in the last two years.”

Saunders said UNM’s IEW events celebrate the diversity of international students on campus and provide opportunities for students to learn more about studying abroad or get more involved with international initiatives on campus.

“We want all of our students to have some kind of international experience while they are here at UNM. These events are one of the many ways students can take their academic experience to the next level,” Saunders said.

UNM IEW Events
Monday, Nov. 17
International Cook-Off: 5 - 7:30 p.m., SUB Ballrooms A, B & C
Click here to learn more about International Cook-off Event
Sponsored by UNM Food, GEO, the SUB and the Division of Enrollment Management

Tuesday, Nov. 18
UNM Study Abroad Fair: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., SUB Atrium

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Geography Day: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., SUB Atrium

Thursday, Nov. 20
International Film "Mood Indigo": noon – 2 p.m., SUB Atrium
Globalization & International Careers -- Keynote Speaker: Sherry Mueller author of Working World, 2 - 4 p.m. in Mitchell Hall 202

Friday, Nov. 21
World Student Alliance Friday “Funday:” 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., SUB Atrium
Global Get Down Dance Party: 7:30 – 11 p.m. at Bandido's Restaurant on Central Ave.

For more information contact, Danielle Gilliam, administrative officer, Global Education Office, (505) 277-6051, email, or visit Global Education Office.