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The Island University Celebrates International Education Week

November 18, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students participated in traditional dances during “Vietnam Night,” one of the events celebrating International Education Week (IEW) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Office of International Education and several on-campus student associations celebrated IEW during the week of November 11.

The series of cultural and educational events provided students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to become aware of the many cultures that contribute to the enrichment and internationalization of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. IEW was celebrated in more than 100 countries and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The University was host to several events throughout the week which were free and open to the public. Events included a Parade of Flags, a Colombian World Cup Celebration, Saudi Arabian Folklore Hour, and the Diwali Festival of Lights.

“Learning different cultures through programs like this will open up your window to global opportunities,” said Vasha Bhatari, a finance major and international student. “For those of us who are not lucky enough to travel the world, the program will bring the world to you. You will be able to interact with students from different parts of the world and learn new things from them.”

Vietnam Night provided a cultural experience for students with food, trivia, a fashion show, and regional dances.

“We are trying to bring global awareness to students on campus and we want them to know more about our country,” said Thi Nguyen, President of the Vietnamese Student Association.

Association members dressed in traditional clothing welcomed guests to the event and made sure everyone was enjoying themselves.

“We want students from other countries to know our culture and create an occasion for people to get together,” said Sheila Nguyen a graduate student in the Business Administration program. “There are a lot of things about our culture I would love for people to know.”

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