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November 10, 2005 :: International Education Week Set For November

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As a way to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, Nov. 14-18 has been designated as International Education Week in Oklahoma.

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attracts future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

With nearly 600,000 international students from more than 200 countries studying in the United States each year, international education is a vital service industry that brings more than $12 billion into the United States annually. More than 8,000 students are enrolled in Oklahoma public colleges and universities.

“All of us are increasingly influenced by what is happening in the world,” said Chancellor Paul Risser. “It is important that we recognize Oklahoma’s international connections and equip students with the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy.”

The OASIS (Oklahoma Associations Supporting International Studies) program strives to globalize the state’s K-16 curricula. The program provides teachers with the tools necessary to present a context that allows students to analyze and understand the impact of world events. OASIS is a collaboration of the State Regents, the Oklahoma Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

International Education Week was founded in 2000 and is observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries.