President's Message: Recognizing International Education Week
Dear UHD Community,
The University of Houston-Downtown works daily to create opportunities for meaningful, educational cultural exchanges. These exchanges enable our students to experience diverse populations residing in our community … and to interact with people who may have ancestry in other parts of the globe. Students also connect with scholars visiting our great city from around the world. In that light, it is with great pleasure that UHD is involved with International Education Week.
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide. This 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 attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.
Our Campus Community is already demonstrating a fine example of this worthwhile endeavor. Through UHD International Admissions, UHD currently serves 350 international students who represent all five of the University’s colleges. Furthermore, UHD students have been engaged in experiential, international learning in South Korea and the United Kingdom through the Office of Study Abroad.
In today's global marketplace, we recognize that we all rise when we hold a deeper understanding of each other’s customs and history. We realize through these interactions that while we may hail from different origins, we share much in common through our connections as citizens of the world.
UHD is well-recognized for its diversity, and that extends to the people we welcome to our campus as well as the destinations our representatives visit. I encourage all of you to explore the value of education abroad; the richness that is brought into our classrooms and departments by international faculty, staff and students; and the benefits derived from international programs both on campus and across our multicultural city.
Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D.
President, University of Houston-Downtown