November 12-November 16, 2018 was International Education Week. Virginia International University celebrated the week by having a variety of events on campus.
On Tuesday, November 13th, a Lunch and Learn Panel Discussion called “Why Engaging Globally Matters” was held. Dr. Chala, a faculty member in the School of Business, and Choice Ogbuchi, Student Union Vice President discussed the importance of engaging globally. Dr. Chala discussed what it was like for him when he first came to the U.S. to work on his doctorate degree. He also discussed some of the challenges he faced and what he learned from studying abroad. Choice shared some of the differences between the U.S. and Nigeria in terms of work and how she had to adapt to the differences.
On Wednesday, November 14th, The Career Services and Alumni Relations Department along with the Student Affairs Department hosted an event called: Global Competencies for Career Success. Dr. Sarac, Virginia International Universities’ President spoke about the importance of soft skills. He also provided a list of soft skills he believed was important for students to have. Dr. Sarac also provided examples of why these soft skills are important.
On Friday, November 15th, students were encouraged to visit the exhibit in VD-301 to see the trends in international education.