International Education Week 2016 - Mid-Pacific Institute

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International Education Week 2016

International Education Week was started as a joint initiative of U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Scot Allen

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During the week of November 14-18, Mid-Pacific Institute celebrated International Education Week with various cross-cultural activities across campus. K-5 students in the elementary school had the chance to meet high school international students and shared photos of their family and hometown with each other. Local high school International Ambassadors also designed and led cross-cultural workshops for international students themed around greetings, personal space, and food.


Click here to view a photo gallery of the week.

International Education Week was started as a joint initiative of U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in 2000 to promote international exchange, and is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide today. As International Student Coordinator Stephanie Toriumi explains, "International Education Week brings an opportunity to highlight the significant diversity within our community and learn from each other about different cultures."

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Mid-Pacific Institute has a long history of welcoming international students. The school's founder, Francis Damon had a strong vision to promote international understanding through quality education and rich diversity, making Mid-Pacific Institute the first school in the State of Hawaii to accept students of different ethnicities. Currently, there are approximately 110 international students from Japan, Mainland China, South Korea, United Kingdom, Italy,
Sri Lanka, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, India,
Australia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.