Celebrate International Education Week at WSU

International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide with the goal of preparing American students for a global environment and attracting future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The Wayne State University Office of International Programs has a full slate of activities both educational AND fun planned for IEW, including:

Business school alum shares tips for international students in America

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 from noon-1:30 p.m., join us for a free presentation and book signing with author/alumnus Vivek Sreedhar (M.B.A. ’09). Sreedhar will share his experiences as an international student and provide tips that will help all students prepare for success both inside and outside the classroom. He is the author of "Ketchup & Curry: Your Guide to Life and Success in America."

Ever wonder what American students mean when they invite you to "pre-game?" Sreedhar had to figure that out, and how to convert rupees to dollars, and what the best cell phone plan is for international calling. His humorous and informative reflections on his time at Wayne State will help all students bridge the gap between cultures.

Sreedhar, who works in marketing/R&D for Alps Electric North America, received a master’s in electrical engineering in 2006 and an M.B.A. in 2009, both from Wayne State.

The event is hosted by the Business Student Senate in conjunction with the Mike Ilitch School of Business, College of Engineering, Office of International Programs and WSU Alumni Association.

This event will be held in Hilberry A of the Student Center. For more information visit, http://events.wayne.edu/main/2015/11/17/ketchup-curry-your-guide-to-life-and-success-in-america-61335/.

WSU alum and former U.S. ambassador Yousif Ghafari to visit campus

On Wednesday Nov. 18 from 4-5:30 p.m., join alumnus and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Yousif B. Ghafari for a discussion about his experiences as an international student, business leader and philanthropist. Ghafari, namesake of the Ghafari Residence Hall, is chairman of Ghafari Associates and a member of the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame.

A native of Lebanon, Ghafari moved to Detroit when he was 19 and enrolled at WSU, receiving a bachelor’s in math in 1974, a master’s in applied math and computer applications in 1975 and a master’s in chemical engineering in 1981. After earning an M.B.A. from Michigan State, he became a licensed professional engineer determined to build his future on the use of computers in manufacturing design. Among many notable architectural and engineering projects on his firm’s resume are refurbishment of Old Main and work on the Danto Engineering Development Center.

Learn more about one of the university’s most illustrious alumni and generous benefactors during this keynote presentation, which will include a Q&A and closing reception in the Partrich lobby.

This event will take place in the Law School’s Partrich Auditorium. For more information visit, http://events.wayne.edu/main/2015/11/18/yousif-b-ghafari-keynote-speaker-international-education-week-62506/

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