Clayton State University will join educational institutions worldwide in celebrating International Education Week 2011 from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, 2011 as International Education Week, encouraging the citizens and institutions of Georgia, as beneficiaries of international education, to recognize its importance in their communities.
In today’s world, students need to understand complex global issues in order to succeed in the careers of tomorrow. That is why Clayton State has forged partnerships with academic institutions across the world to allow its students and faculty to engage in teaching and service opportunities and studying abroad. The highlights of Clayton State’s international institutional partnerships include:
• Birla College of Arts, Commerce and Science (Kalyan, India)
• Smt. Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College (Ulhasnagar, India)
• University of Pannonia (Veszprem, Hungary)
• University of Caen (Caen, France)
• Georgian American University (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia)
• The Istanbul Center (Atlanta, Georgia)
Several new and exciting study abroad opportunities are available for students. Those destinations can be viewed on the Clayton State Office of International Programs (OIP) website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/oip/default.htm#.
Several special events are being held in honor of International Education Week, including:
• Nov. 14 to Nov. 18 -- a chance for students to be global citizens by donating to a charitable organization; they can donate a bar of soap to the Global Soap Project (http://www.globalsoap.org/), or give a monetary donation to the Relief Efforts for the Earthquake Victims in Turkey (http://istanbulcenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=427:earthquake-relief-fund&catid=72:humanitarian-works&Itemid=64).
• Nov. 15 -- the Secretary of Education from Pernambucco, Brazil; Anderson Stevens Leonidas Gomes speaks about “Opportunities and Challenges for Education in Pernambuco” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room 322 of the James M. Baker University Center. The secretary’s presentation is free and open to the public.
• Nov. 16 -- Derreck Kayongo, the founder of the Global Soap Project and a Top 10 Finalist for CNN Hero of the Year (to be selected in December)
• Nov. 17 -- an International Feast sponsored by Clayton State student organizations (Campus Events Council, International Student Association, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers) with special musical guest playing Caribbean steel drum music will be held in the Student Activities Center, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Clayton State International Education Week will be aimed at highlighting the vital importance of international education and the exchange of students and faculty to foster greater understanding, cooperation and learning among nations. The event is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.