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UK Prepares Students with 'China Literacy' for 21st Century World

As the University of Kentucky prepares its students to compete in a globalized world, it's crucial to provide students with what associate provost for international programs Susan Carvalho calls "China literacy."

As the world's leading exporter, with the world's second-largest economy, there is no question that China is a dominant player in the 21st century marketplace.

Shanghai University Honors UK Journalism Professor

University of Kentucky journalism professor Buck Ryan was honored by Shanghai University at a teaching award ceremony after completing a two-week summer course sponsored by the Confucius Institute.

UK's Appalachian Ties, Land Grant Mission Transforms Indonesian Community

Indonesia looks nothing like Kentucky.

While the Commonwealth yields tobacco, corn and soybeans, the Southeast Asian islands grow rice, pineapples and coffee. But the obstacles the two regions face are eminently similar: namely, economic and agricultural underdevelopment. Sixty percent of the poorest Indonesians live on small farms. Indonesian farmers use cows to plow their rice paddies. They plant their pineapples and harvest coffee beans by hand.

UK Students Gain First Hand Agricultural Experience in Indonesia

A group of University of Kentucky College of Agriculture students and one student from the University of Missouri Columbia participated in a five week field course that gave them first hand experiences in agriculture, ecology, and sustainable development in Indonesia, led by University of Kentucky professor Krista Jacobson. While in Indonesia, the students learned about key issues effecting Indonesian agriculture, tourism and agricultural policies.

UK Students Head to Honduras on Humanitarian Mission

A group of University of Kentucky engineering students left Lexington on Sunday for Honduras, where they will put their skills to use to provide clean drinking water for a small village.

The five students, members of the UK student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-UK), are traveling to the Central American nation along with faculty mentor Professor Nick Stamatiadis to visit the rural, geographically isolated village of El Carrizo. 

UK Grad Returns from Middle East, Prepares for Career in Peacemaking

Christine Kindler graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2013, and like her fellow alumni she is preparing to start a new career. However, unlike most graduates, she's using her experiences in the Middle East — in Israel and Palestine — to determine what the future has in store for her.

Kindler grew up with a passion for learning. As a home-schooled student from Lexington, her parents always encouraged her to seek out new opportunities and maintain an open mind. It was that mindset that led Kindler to pursue an education abroad opportunity during her junior year.

K Week International Orientation Schedule of events


Welcome to the University of Kentucky! We are so excited you’re here and we hope enjoy your Wildcat experience! During the weeks before classes start learn about life on campus and in Lexington by attending various events hosted by the UK International Center:

UK Hosts Chinese High School Summer Camp

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute recently hosted a group of students from Xi’an Gaoxin No. 1 High School in Shanghai, China. The students were participants in an annual camp hosted by the UK Confucius Institute in which Chinese students are given the opportunity to experience both American and UK culture. See images of the visit here.

Former EA Ambassadors Join the Peace Corps


By: Zachary Dodson

Two University of Kentucky graduates will join the Peace Corps this year to pursue service opportunities across the world. Gwendolyn Schaefer (pictured right) and Olivia Brown (pictured left) will leave the U.S. for 27 months to volunteer in developing countries as part of the program.

New Study Shows Economic Benefits of International Students

A new economic tool created by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) and the Indiana University Office of International Services shows the positive impact international students have on the national and state economies.

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