By Molka BenHammouda, Contributing Writer
Every November, the International Student Office and the international club, SPICES, organize the international education month at West Liberty University. During this month, international students and faculty members will be making different presentations about their countries.
The month started with one of the most important traditions: International Tea Time. Internationals offered American students different kinds of tea coming from all over the world. It was a great opportunity for American students to get to know more about international students and their countries. During the first three weeks of November, from Monday to Thursday, each international student will be presenting a specific aspect of his or her country. Almost all presentations will be held in the Alumni Room in the Student Union.
This year, they are offering a good variety so that everyone can benefit from it. Some of the lectures are in the business field such as “Kaizen, a social entrepreneurship project” and “Effect of bad leadership on Nigeria economy.” Other lectures deals with some of the recent events like “Russia today,” “Media and the Arab Spring,” “Recent Immigrants in Germany” and “The electoral process and the political tensions in the Democratic Republic Of The Congo.”
If you are an education major you may like “Three generations of students in China: Reminiscences.”
Students who are interested in studying abroad will learn more about “Taiwan spotlight, a study abroad program in the heart of Asia.” They can also discover new fun facts about other countries with “Food and Society in France,” “What not to do in Russia,” “Russian folktales and fairy tales” or “A day in Tunisia.”
Other than lectures, students will have the opportunity to participate in different workshops. For those who love traditions, they will enjoy learning more about “The history of Spanish dances with a salsa workshop” and “Polish Folk Dances.” They can also have fun making Origami during a Japanese paper craft workshop.
The international education month will be concluded with a sushi making workshop on November 17, which will be a great opportunity to learn how to make traditional Japanese sushi and learn more about the Japanese culture.
West Liberty University’s campus already has 27 countries represented by 60 international students, and the number is growing every year. All students, staff and faculty members are invited and encouraged to participate and attend different presentations.