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UKIC supports cultural understanding at Julius Marks Elementary

Kay Roberts, community liaison for the UK International Center, was the subject of a Lexington Herald-Leader letter to the editor about her work promoting cultural understanding in K-12 education:

Asia Center To Host Spring Seminar Series


The UK Asia Center is hosting a Spring Seminar Series to highlight the quality and diversity of Asia related research taking place throughout UK’s campus.

The seminars illustrate the breadth of scholarship a taking place at UK about Asia, and will create opportunities for faculty, students, and community members to meet and share their ideas and research.

All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

'UK at the Half' Features the Director of the UK Confucius Institute

Huajing Maske, director of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute, was the guest on Saturday's "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. LSU game that was broadcast on radio. 

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

Education Abroad at UK Offers Range of Scholarship Opportunities

UK alumna Lauren Cook did it in Switzerland; UK  junior Hannah Simms did it in China; they studied abroad. Widely seen as a life-changing experience, education abroad has been perceived as one with added financial burden. However, Education Abroad at UK is seeking to dispel the myth that money is necessarily an obstacle; rather, they want students to know money does not have to be a barrier.

More than Just a Second Language - Service Learning

Everyone knows that the sole means to attain profound knowledge of a language is through immersion. Speaking the language with other individuals such as classroom peers and instructors is a wonderful practice.

But is there a way to even improve this experience? Researchers and teachers are currently seeking ways to expand the immersion technique.

Education Abroad hosts #blueabroad week


To promote international education opportunities to UK’s entire student population Education Abroad at UK is hosting a weeklong series of events throughout campus titled, “#blueabroad week."

The events will take place during the week of January 28 – February 1 (see the full event schedule below) to highlight the range of international education opportunities, scholarship opportunities and how education abroad can enrich a student’s education goals without adding time to graduation.

UK Professor's Essay, 'Hijabs, Hydrology and Lyle Lovett,' Published in Chronicle of Higher Education

UK Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Alan Fryar was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education; his essay describes his experience with 11 students from the arid Middle East and North Africa who convened in drought-stricken San Angelo, Texas, to learn about water.

The Office of International Affairs has been renamed the University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC)

The Office of International Affairs was originally formed in 1986 with the merging of UK's Office of International Programs, which facilitated study abroad opportunities, and the International Student Office. The merger came through the recognition that faculty, staff and students needed one location for help with all of their international work.

The new name, University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC), reflects its responsibility for coordinating and providing guidance, advice and leadership for the University’s international work.

Asia Center Scholarship Recipient's Kyrgyzstan Experience

After receiving a scholarship from UKIC’s Asia Center, Holsapple spent the summer of 2011 studying at the London School, a language institute in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital.  

“Central Asia always stood out to me as an area fascinating in terms of its sundry blend of cultures, languages and spheres of interest.  Without a doubt the most democratic Central Asian state, Kyrgyzstan struck me as the perfect place to study,” she said.  

In Kyrgyzstan, Holsapple lived with a local host family while she studied Russian. 

Building a career and a bridge in Iraq

The Gatton College Graham Office of Career Management is working to transform traditional thinking among Iraqi business students into an edgy, competitive, capitalistic and Westernized mindset, says Career Coach Meredith Boyd. This October, she traveled to support efforts for a new career center at Kufa University in Najaf, Iraq.

“They’re changing into a free market economy, and it’s a slow process. I’m taking specific Western style programming to them in hopes to replicate that in Iraq,” she says.

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