International Education Week (IEW), celebrated annually since 2000, takes place this year from November 12 to November 17. During this week, we celebrate the benefits of international education and student exchanges. IEW draws attention to the myriad of activities undertaken by individual schools, colleges, associations, and businesses around the world, designed to promote the value and significance of language skills and global learning. These activities range from student and teacher exchange programs to international school partnerships, from agreements with foreign governments to Language Learning programs. In all cases, institutions and organizations seek to promote higher education opportunities, and the educational benefits of cross-cultural contact.
In keeping with the core values of IEW, each year the Calgary Board of Education opens its doors to students from around the world; these students participate in a variety of educational programs across the city. The benefits of participation in global learning opportunities are vast and include an improved understanding of varied cultures and ways of living, a more meaningful knowledge of international politics and world affairs, greater richness of academic experiences, and the building of economic relationships. Two international education students presented to at a CBE Board of Trustees meeting last year. Their interesting stories are shared on the CBE International website.