According to the 2010 Open Doors report issued by the Institute of International Education, UCLA ranked seventh among U.S. universities for the number of international students it enrolled during the 2009-10 academic year, up from eighth place. The campus was third in the nation for the number of its own students it sent abroad to study in 2008-09, up from fifth.
Central Asia Initiative International Conference (Panel I)
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
Difficult geography, limited communication and a collapsed music industry mean that many Russian bands and artists are limited to their local scene. But Professor David MacFadyen's website, "Far From Moscow," has given them a way to escape their isolation.
The Scandinavian Section, which split off from the department of Germanic languages decades ago, is geared toward independent students who are responsible for their own learning and progress.
Stop by Kerckhoff Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 16, between 10:00 and 1:00 to get information on careers, study, internships and fellowships abroad as well as campus-based international involvement opportunities. The opportunities fair is part of International Education Week, Nov. 15-19, an initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State. Video by the UCLA Broadcast Studio.
Using an android-like robot controlled with joysticks, UCLA's Dr. Erik Dutson is able to interact with trainees and faculty in Italy, answer questions and "move" around the room.
On her International Institute dissertation fieldwork grant, ethnomusicology graduate student Chloe Coventry traveled to Bangalore, in the south Indian state of Karnataka, to study the city's local rock music.
UCLA undergraduate admissions officers will be in Osaka, Japan, on Nov. 1 and 2 as part of a student recruitment tour in Asia that also includes stops in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore.
This month, a Fowler museum curator is arranging a new kind of exhibit: specially ordered tasting menus at Southeast Asian island-specific restaurants. In November, the Fowler offers a Korean cooking class following a museum exhibition tour.
Stefan Tanaka, a professor of history at UC San Diego, joins UCLA this year as the seventh Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations.
The UCLA Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health and James S. Coleman African Studies Center organize a two day-gathering to assess how family planning policy and anti-HIV/AIDS efforts would look different with greater attention to African boys, men and masculinities.
More than 50 years after they graduated, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr-Adams has interviewed six of her American University of Beirut classmates to discover the lives they have built in the Middle East.
Professor Efraín Kristal, chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, is a leading expert on Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the 2010 Nobel Prize. In this UCLA Newsroom video, Kristal discusses the generosity and curiosity of the novelist, dramatist and essayist.
At an Oct. 4 luncheon hosted by California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss and Chancellor Gene Block, the leaders of the Qatar National Food Security Programme explain their vision for a sustainable food supply to potential partners in academia and industry.
The Department of Ethnomusicology in the Herb Alpert School of Music now produces more ethnomusicology graduates than any program of its kind and houses an important collection of international musical instruments.
The event, which was attended by Jacob Dayan, Israel's consul general in Los Angeles, and Sherry Lansing, vice chair of the UC Board of Regents, honored the Iranian American couple whose foundation has donated a total of $5 million to create the new center.
Miriam Robbins Dexter, a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies and expert on ancient heroines and goddesses, and a co-author have completed a cross-cultural study of stories and artifacts in which women lift their skirts and expose their genitals, a performance that drives away enemies and returns joy and fertility to the land.
The thorny topic of the crime of aggression, to come under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, made for lively discussion Sept. 27 between David Scheffer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, and Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the retired general and Burkle Center senior fellow.
The presidents of Chile, Croatia and the Dominican Republic descended on UCLA with their entourages over a five-day span Sept. 24-28. The dignitaries held meetings with Chancellor Gene Block and university, state and city officials and forged international partnerships in education, research, environmental issues and other areas.
Rebeca Méndez, a professor in the Department of Design|Media Arts, films and photographs nature from the Sahara Desert in Africa to the glaciers of Iceland. Next month, she will go on the adventure of a lifetime to the Arctic north.
About 835 new international freshmen and transfer students enrolled at UCLA this academic year, compared with 570 last year. Nearly 1,000 new international graduate students also will be attending the university this year.
Hiroyuki Yamamoto joins UCLA this academic year as the third Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow.
As interim associate vice provost, Sociology Professor Roger Waldinger will oversee changes in the International Institute's degree programs, lead a faculty search, and work with center directors on Institute-wide projects. Professor Waldinger also coordinates the interdisciplinary UCLA Migration Study Group.
Diamond's 2005 book and now a National Geographic documentary, "Collapse" juxtaposes America's future with the demise of the Roman Empire and other failed civilizations as a warning that we are hurtling down the same path.
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