The University of Kentucky will celebrate cultural diversity of UK, where more than 1,900 international students and scholars representing more than 120 countries study or teach, during International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 14-18.
“Given that international residents make up 20% of the Lexington population, it’s an excellent place for international celebrations and discussions regarding our multicultural heritage,” said Elizabeth Liebach, UK director of International Student and Scholar Services. “At the University of Kentucky, International Education Week is one of many ways we can join campuses and communities nationwide in celebration of international education.”
IEW is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, which began in 2000 and takes places in more than 100 countries worldwide. The celebration focuses on promoting programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The activities hosted during this week aim to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, integration and prepare U.S. citizens for the interconnected world of today.