WEST LIBERTY - November is International Education Month at West Liberty University and the campus has been enjoying presentations from international students and faculty all month long.
"The International Education Month activities here on campus are organized by the Campus Internationalization Committee, the International Student Club and the International Student Office," said Vishakha Maskey, chair of the committee. "We offer many educational programs to help our students learn more about global cultures and international topics."
Maskey is an assistant professor of marketing and management in the Gary E. West College of Business at WLU.
"Nationally, International Education Week takes place for one week Nov. 12-16, but we have extended it for the entire month," she said.
The national observance is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It promotes programs to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.
WLU currently enrolls 42 international students who represent 25 countries. This is the largest number of countries ever represented in the student population at WLU, according to Mihaela Szabo, ccordinator of international student recruiting and student adviser.
"Our international students are an important catalyst for change at WLU, and are continuously transforming our campus, while our community is changing them. Because of them, each one of us are more knowledgeable about the Middle East and other parts of the world, and they help us clarify some of the common global controversies and misperceptions," she added.
A report released Nov. 12 by the nonprofit Institute of International Education showed that the number of international students attending West Virginia colleges and universities has grown 8.4 percent in the last year. It also ranked West Virginia at 43rd in the nation for international enrollment during the current school year.
Upcoming international programs at WLU finclude:
3 p.m., Tuesday: Socotra Island: a Piece of Paradise, presented by Moneer Al-Maswari.
Noon, Wednesday: Jordan Takes You Beyond, presented by Rawan Alabbas
2 p.m., Thursday: Travel Experiences, presented by Accounting Instructor Michael Blackwell
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday: International Tea Time and Diversity Potluck, ballroom.
5 p.m. Thursday: International Talent Show, also in the ballroom.
All events take place in the WLU alumni room, located in the Student Union building, except for those marked ballroom.
For information, contact Szabo at (304) 336-8270.