Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, and a representative from the City of Hays will usher in a week of activities when they sign a proclamation at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, for International Education Week.
The president and representative will sign the proclamation in the Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus. Along with the signing, will be a presentation from the Hays Sister Cities to the university. The public is welcome to attend the signing ceremony and the activities throughout the week.
"International education not only promotes mutual understanding and cooperation among nations, it can also strengthen national security, foreign policy and economic competitiveness," said Secretary of Education Rod Paige in a statement supporting International Education Week.
"Indeed, our quality of education and life will be enhanced by learning foreign languages and by facilitating international exchanges for students and teachers," said Paige.
Fort Hays State University has had a partnership for three years with SIAS University in the city of Xinzheng in Henan Province. FHSU faculty teach Virtual College classes to SIAS students, and the two schools exchange students and faculty.
Through the SIAS partnership and in many other ways, FHSU is committed to international education.
Currently 127 international students from 23 countries are studying at FHSU. In addition to the 127, three students are participating in study abroad experience -- two students studying in Germany and one in Mexico -- with two more students planned for an exchange in the United Kingdom during the 2003 semester.
"Fort Hays State University will join colleges and universities nationwide in marking the third annual International Education Week, Nov. 18-22, because we recognize that international awareness and understanding are more important than ever to achieve a more peaceful world," said Carol Solko, coordinator of international and disabled student services.
The university will hold several events:
* A display of international items will be on exhibit all week in the Memorial Union along with a national and international exchange bulletin board on display in Forsyth Library.
* Ronald Radford, flamenco guitar player, will present a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the Bijou Supper Club.
* The French Club, International Student Union and the University Activities Board will present an International French Spice supper at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the McMindes Hall West Lounge.
* The Chinese Student Association will sponsor a Confucius workshop at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Albertson Hall, room 235.
* Model United Nations competition for area high schools is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Memorial Union.
* A Diversity Dance will be held from 9-12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Sunset Lounge of the Memorial Union.
* Dr. Josephine Squires, assistant professor of political science, will lead a roundtable discussion on the importance of internationalization at noon on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union.
International Education Week has significance not only locally but in the state and the nation.
Approximately 6,500 students from more than 100 countries around the world are now studying in Kansas and more than 1,000 Kansas students will study abroad this year. Kansas institutions of higher education participate in a wide variety of exchange programs with similar institutions around the world.
The week-long observance is part of a growing awareness of the need to focus national attention on the importance of a global education for all Americans through overseas study and exposure to other cultures at home.