With a student body representing more than 50 nations, students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business celebrated the benefits of international education and dialogue during International Education Week November 12-16. Students, faculty and staff learned about different cultures at events held across campus, including many in Howard L. Hawks Hall.
On view throughout the week, flags from nations and territories of students stood on display in the Henrickson Family Atrium. Amy Lester, international business program coordinator, organized events to share opportunities and celebrate the different ways students engage on a global scale.
“International Education Week highlights the importance of international experiences and how they impact our education on a global scale. I applaud every one of the international students that choose Nebraska to be their educational home, especially those in the College of Business. Their courage to come to new culture for four years is inspiring to us all,” said Lester.
A popular panel discussion on “The Future of Globalization” included three Nebraska professors. Dr. Uchechukwu Jarrett, assistant professor of practice in economic; Dr. Courtney Hillebrecht, associate professor in political science; and Dr. Tyler White, assistant professor of practice in political science discussed the effects of globalization on the economy and politics across the world.
“If you think about globalization in a general context, would you say there are more attempts being made to globalize or less? We can identify a handful of situations where people are going toward this nationalist ‘you or us’ impression. That is only a very tiny fraction – even though it is making a lot of noise. It is still not the norm as of right now. There are still a lot more people looking towards globalization than turning away from it,” Jarrett said.
A collaborative event hosted by International Business, Global Studies, Education Abroad and the Business Career Center, the Global Opportunities Fair highlighted opportunities for globally-minded students. Held in the Henrickson Family Atrium, students connected with representatives from businesses who offer international placement, nonprofits and service programs such as the Peace Corps and study abroad programs.
One workshop invited university faculty and staff to learn how to properly pronounce Chinese names. Another workshop shared key phrases in a variety of languages.
“I hope students, staff and faculty are inspired by the amazing cultures of our planet and be reminded of our common humanity. That can sound very altruistic, but in our society today, we are moving so fast from one news cycle to the next, we fail to stop and remember that people are people, all over the world. This week, we had the opportunity to pause and recognize our commonalities and celebrate our differences,” Lester said. “Whether it’s by learning a phrase in a new language, figuring out the national flag of a classmate, trying some Bengali food or beginning to think deeper about global issues, I hope the week inspired us to be ever more globally-minded.”
To learn more about the international business program, visit: https://business.unl.edu/ib