This is International Education Week, an annual joint initiative of the US Departments of State and of Education promoting the significance of international education. In relation to this, Boston University is holding more than 30 in-person and virtual events, organised by different schools, departments, and campus organizations, with a focus on global education and exchange programs. The weeklong event, held by BU Global Programs, starts today. Willis G. Wang, vice president and associate lead for global programs, commented:
“Whether people are participating remotely or in person, we are thrilled to help bring together the BU community through enriching programming that celebrates international education, global research, the diversity of our community, and more. We are continually impressed by the impactful work and global engagement opportunities that the BU community pursues.”
In July, the US Departments of State and of Education issued a joint statement calling for a renewed commitment to US international education:
“The United States cannot afford to be absent from the world stage: US leadership and engagement makes an essential difference abroad, as well as at home. Indeed, in today’s interconnected world, our foreign and domestic policies are inextricably intertwined in pursuit of a preeminent goal—improving the lives of the American people.”
This dedication includes welcoming international students, scholars, and educators to US campuses, encouraging US students and researchers to pursue study abroad programs, and advancing the internationalization of US classroom environment. BU met all the requirements:
- Students from 115 countries applied for admission to the Class of 2025;
- The University now offers more than 70 study abroad programs;
- Boston University was recently ranked 65th in the U.S. News and World Reports list of best global universities.
Among this year’s University’s events is a panel discussion on the drastic global effort needed to fight climate change.