Highlights of BC International Education Week

If you missed it, Boston College celebrated International Education Week this week with nearly 40 academic, cultural and social events for the entire BC community-students, faculty and staff. The following were several highlights of the diverse week:

4. Food

BC Dining hosted an international food night and served a variety of cuisine from around the world for dinner in Corcoran, McElroy and Stewart. French Cooking and Creole Cuisine were also popular programs that provided people with both an exotic meal and a different experience.

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3. Learn more about the relationship between the U.S. and China

International Education Week featured a special lecture on the relationship between the U.S. and China. Professor Robert Ross delivered the address: “The U.S. pivot to Asia and U.S.—China relations.” Robert S. Ross is a Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.

Professor Ross’ research focuses on Chinese security policy, nationalism and Chinese defense policy, East Asian security, and U.S.-China relations. His speech gave students a general idea of what the current economic and politic situation in China looks like.

“It is fascinating to learn about China from the perspective of the United States. Since the Chinese government controlled the information on the website, students can really know what is really going. I’m glad to hear other voices.”said Donny Wang, a Chinese international student, CSOM’ 16.

 

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2. Learn more about the international students

The Office of international Students and Scholars and Lynch School of Education hosted the lecture and discussion “Why Students from China are studying abroad at a younger age.” The most significant reason that so many Chinese students flock to the U.S. for their high level education is that globalization has connected all different countries together and it is increasingly important for younger generations to be aware of the complexity of different cultures.

China has become more involved in the world’s affairs over the last few years. Professional people, who not only excel in their own fields but are also proficient in communicating with people all over the world, are needed more than ever. Therefore, Chinese students are have the incentive to go to different countries for cultural and academic enrichment.

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1. The World through Our Eyes

The International Photos exhibition held in the first floor of the O’Neill library also drew a lot of student attention. The photos were taken of different sights around the world, from Machu Picchu to the Forbidden City.

One photo taken near The Eiffel Tower illustrates a thesis which coincides with the themes of International Education Week. The photographer formed a heart with her hands in front of the camera and kept The Tower inside the heart. The picture showed us affection and respect toward a different country and culture and thus told a truth that we should all be respectful about international affairs.

Photos Courtesy of OISS, Boston College

 

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