Overseas Students Help Promote Culture Awareness in Florida State

02 January, 2015

Culture Awareness
As with all other universities across the U.S, the foreign students in the Florida State University provide their local counterparts with different and rich cultural exposure. This has been made possible owing to globalization and a record all-time influx of international students to the FSU from every nook and corner of the world. In fall 2013, out of a total of 41,477who got admission in FSU, about 2,800 were abroad students from over 138 counties. Out of his, China, India, Panama, Colombia and South Korea topped the list of foreign counties which sent their students here.

The CGE or Center for Global Engagement, a definite component of Seminole campus life, has strived hard to focus on student diversity and to promote global tolerance at FSU. This proffers an opportunity for engagement with foreign students throughout the year with the help of events which are sponsored like the weekly ‘’International Coffee Hour.’’ This event highlights a varied culture every week through international cuisine and there are also many student cultural experts who are present to answer any of the queries that an attendee may have. Most of the cuisine is prepared by these overseas students who are assisted by CGE staff.

The other CGE sponsored monthly event which is popular is the “Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series’’ that aims at bringing together the faculty, staff and students of different backgrounds to hold discussions about the world-wide challenges of today. Some of these topics include police militarization, challenges of international journalism and the laborious task of campaigning for women’s education in Pakistan. The latter has been sparked by the efforts of the 17 year-old youngest ever Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai.

According to the director of the FSU Center for Global Engagement, Cynthia Green, knowledge about the culturally relevant topics in a continuously evolving world is vital and the U.S. students reap benefits owing to an internationally mixed cultural environment. A 2013 survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities showed that employers took intercultural skills as an important deciding factor while hiring.

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