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ECU celebrates International Education week

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Nov. 11, 2008)   —   From free films to lo mein, East Carolina University’s international community will share their cultural traditions in celebration of International Education Week, Nov. 17 through Nov. 21.

Activities include lunchtime international smorgasbords, study abroad informational sessions, and a student panel focusing on international education.

With more than 245 international students representing 54 countries, and nearly twice that amount of ECU students who study abroad – more than 400 at last count – ECU’s cultural diversity is ever-growing, said William Mallett, of ECU’s Office of International Affairs. There are also more than 100 international faculty members from 30 different countries at ECU.

“Since I have been at ECU, I have noticed that the institution has increasingly acknowledged that the campus community is enhanced by the presence of international students, faculty and scholars and further broadening the education of its U.S. students by exposure to people from other countries and cultures,” he said. “The week full of activities underscores this.”

Highlights from the schedule are as follows. The complete schedule is available at:

Monday, Nov. 17:
10 a.m. Study Abroad and Global Classroom Information Session. Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms
Noon to 1 p.m.: “A Taste of the World” Luncheon. International House
5p.m. to 8 p.m.: Summer Study Abroad Information Fair, Bate Building, 1st Floor

Tuesday, Nov. 18:
10 a.m. Study Abroad and Global Classroom Information Session. Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: International Showcase & Book Fair. Joyner Library. The library has many international books, research databases, foreign films, language training guides, travel books and foreign novels.

Wednesday, Nov. 19:
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Fulbright Alumni Reception. International House.
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Study Abroad Experiences Student Panel. Rivers Building West 105
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: “The World is Flat – Implications for our Students.” City Hotel & Bistro

6:30. Two films: “Kebab Connection” by Anno Saul, German Film Series. Bate 2003; “Repentance” by T. Abuladze, Russian Film Series. Bate 2011

Thursday, Nov. 20:
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Exploring Fulbright Grant Opportunities for Students. International House.
6 p.m. International Faculty/Staff Pot Luck Dinner. Murphy Center

Friday, Nov. 21:
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: International Student Social – A Taste of Asia. International House

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Contact: William Mallett | 252-328-1939