International Education Week celebrates cultural diversity at Rice Nov. 10-17

Mini Soccer World Cup concludes IEW activities

Rice University will host International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 10-17 to celebrate cultural exchange and diversity with events and activities across campus.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, IEW is intended to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

IEW events will begin with the second annual IEW Pingpong Tournament Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. The event is free to rec center members and $5 for nonmembers. To sign up to play, contact Guang Yang at The Office of International Students and Scholars will pay the $5 fee for the first 20 nonmembers who register to play.

Among the plans for the week are study-abroad information sessions, a cross-cultural communications workshop, a briefing on Rice’s collaborations with Brazil, International Trivia Night and other activities.

The week will conclude with the annual Mini Soccer World Cup Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on intramural fields 2 and 3 near the rec center. Members of the Rice community can play for one of the four teams – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe – regardless of their nationality. To sign up to play, contact Marco Santoro at

For more information on IEW and the complete schedule of events, visit If you have questions or your department would like to participate, contact Andy Meretoja, coordinator for Rice’s IEW program, at or 713-348-6095.

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