There was a lot going on in study abroad and international education at large this week! Here are a few of the top stories:
Study Abroad Demographic Increases
An article released this week explores the increase of high schoolers studying abroad. Many high schools are creating study abroad programs to give their students opportunities see the world. These trips tend to be one to three weeks long and are usually based around volunteering/service learning. Shawnigan Lake School in Canada started a trip just after the Tsunami hit Thailand in 2004. They have teamed up with a Thai construction company and are working on a major reconstruction project. Many other high schools throughout the United States and Canada are providing similar programs for their students as well . For more information, click here.
Australearn Adopts Baby Koala
Colorado based Australearn recently adopted a baby koala to raise awareness of the threats against it. The Koala faces possible extinction within the next thirty years. After taking a vote from Australearn participants, the adopted Koala, was named “Tim Tam”. Tim Tam is part of a colony at Rainforestation Nature Park in Cairns, Australia. She was born in June of 2009 and recently emerged from her mother’s pouch. She will spend the next eighteen months with her mother and then become part of the “Cuddle A Koala” program. For more information, click here.
OSU State’s First Global Offices Open in Shanghai Summer 2010
After much anticipation, Ohio State University will open its first global office in Shanghai. These first “miniature OSU embassies” will be in rented office space and will eventually expand from there. This “global office” will serve and connect OSU students to Shanghai and also connect OSU to Shanghai natives. OSU will also be opening similar offices in Mumbai and Sao Paulo within the next two years.