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International Education Week 2009
International Education Week 2009 was celebrated during the week of November 16-20 and was observed by over 100 countries worldwide. East Carolina University joined institutions across the United States in celebrating this special time. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week was established "to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States." (U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education) It was the perfect opportunity for East Carolina University to showcase our international students and study abroad opportunities, as well as to allow the hundreds of internationally-minded students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate and enjoy diversity on our campus. Initiated in November 2000, International Education Week emphasizes the importance of increasing our community's knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages, and affirms the critical role that international education and exchange programs play in fostering world peace.

International students enjoy sampling European cuisine during the international student social "A Taste of Europe." International student Ekaterina Kalinina views photos at the International Photo Exhibit where international students shared amateur photos of their home country.

Video Information Session with AMIDEAST/Cairo
On November 17, 2009 the Office of International Affairs organized a video information session with AMIDEAST/Cairo. The center serves as a resource for prospective Egyptian students interested in studying in the U.S. It offers English language training, testing services, and a professional education program. It also organizes the American College Fair. We would like to thank Dr. Biwu Yang, Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, Colleen Roland, Laura Bowen Johnson, and Nawfal Abdulmunim Sultan for their support, time, and participation in the event.

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