The 2013 International Education Week website was launched this week, so I thought it was a good time to preview IEW 2013 and some of its events as our International Education Pick of the Week. A lot happens that week, November 11-15 this year, led in the US by the Departments of State and Education and in the UK by the British Council. There are official events and press conferences, but then hundreds of events at campuses around the country and the world, so we’ll also arm you with a way to find these events and ideas to host your own.
On the official calendar, on Monday of IEW we always get the release of the annual Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education, detailing mobility of students into and out of the United States. It is always interesting to see the shifting demographics, which recently have largely been dominated by the huge number of Chinese students coming to the US, and that Monday is marked on my calendar to dig into the new report.
Here at Envisage, we mark International Education Week with our biggest event of the year, the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest. With a Grand Prize of $4,000 and entries from around the world, we get a ton of interest in the contest. And we announce the winners on Friday November 15, the last day of IEW.
Beyond the Potluck – Some Ideas for IEW Events. Okay, they include the potluck on the list, but if you are looking for other ideas for events to do on-campus to celebrate International Education Week, check out this blog post from Melibee Global. From amazing races to baseball teams playing cricket, this list will jump-start your planning. Once you’ve planned your event, make sure you add it to the IEW Calendar on the State Department site, and while you’re there, you can check out all the other IEW events as they get added.