by Pearlie M. Bowser
ASU Mass Communication Professor Dr. Judith Rosenbaum and student review Netherlands display.
Information about Lebanon, Kenya, Japan and Russia are among the 50 countries of the world showcased at Albany State University. This week, the ASU Office of Global Programs celebrated International Education Week from Sept.29 through Oct. 4.
On Monday, organizers held an opening ceremony with a proclamation declaring International Education Week read by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, followed by opening remarks by ASU President Dr. Everette J. Freeman.
On Tuesday a parade of flags led students from Wiley Hall to the ACAD Auditorium for the keynote session. ASU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Beverly Edmond presented opening remarks about the benefits of a global education. ASU is a member of the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia whose mission is to develop, coordinate, and implement international education and foreign language projects on behalf of participating higher education institutions. Albany State, under the leadership of President Freeman, implemented a program to encourage incoming freshmen to obtain passports.
Rajgopal Sashti, Director of International Program Development and the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia at Southern Polytechnic State University used the event’s theme, “Go Global! It’s Everybody’s Business,” to discuss the history, economy and culture of India. Study abroad students must learn about host countries, said Sashti to build relationships globally.
ASU students will have the option to study in India and Ghana in 2014. This summer, several students presented a panel discussion about their international experiences to Trinidad &Tobago, China and France.
Junior Ashley Griffin, a business management major was awarded the 2013 “Best Study Abroad Student” after a power point presentation. “Ashley received the award because she excellently reported and presented her study abroad experiences to a committee of four judges selected from different colleges and departments. The judges used a rubric, which reflected specified outcomes from all study abroad participants,” said ASU Director of Global Programs Dr. Nneka Nora Osakwe. “Out of twenty students who studied abroad in three different countries, five were shortlisted for the final run-off, and Ashley topped the list,” she added.