By Brian Riley
LIU Post is home to over 600 international students, according to the office of International Admissions. This makes Post ideal to be one of the many schools across the country to participate in International Education Week, which started on Monday, Nov. 16, and runs through Thursday, Nov. 19.
International Education Week is an annual initiative between the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. IEW began in 2000, and is celebrated in 100 countries.
Earlier in the week each residence hall represented a different culture, and reflected it with decorations, and corresponding food. On Tuesday, the office of Study Abroad organized an event in the End Zone, where students were able to inquire about study abroad courses.
On Wednesday, at 5 p.m., geography professor, Mark Pires will be discussing ecotourism in the Great Hall. Ecotourism is traveling responsibly to areas in a way that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.
Pires plans to use his student trips to Tanzania as an example. “I will focus on how safari tourism to places such as Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park affects the park’s natural environment, such as its flora and fauna(wild life), as well as the economic well-being of local communities living along the borders of the park,” he said.
Pires, who has been around the world for both academic and personal reasons, believes “International learning not only helps us to learn about other countries and cultures, [but also] about how our society is seen by other people outside the United States.” Pires has participated in several IEW events at Post over the years, and continues to do so because he believes it gives students a chance to celebrate our diverse campus.
On Thursday, IEW will conclude with a resume building and career branding workshop led by Assistant Dean of the College of Management, Ray Pullaro. The event will be held at the Patrons Lounge in the Tilles Center at 12:30 p.m. The focus of the event is for students who are either international students or have studied abroad, to learn how to use their experience an asset moving forward. In the atrium of Tilles Center, the campus cultural clubs will be in attendance promoting their clubs, for those who have not studied abroad.