The University of Arkansas at Monticello is celebrating International Education Week November 12-16 with a series of educational events, according to Mary Whiting, director of admissions.

The observance was proclaimed by Governor Mike Beebe to recognize the importance of international education in the state and nation.

UAM is hosting an International Film Festival as part of the observance. Monday, UAM hosted Kazuhiro Iryu, deputy consul-general of the Consulate-General’s office of Japan.

Much of the planning for International Education Week was done by the university’s international and foreign language clubs. An international recognition week will be held on the UAM campus in February, where increased focus is placed on individual cultures and a recognition program will be hosted by Chancellor Jack Lassiter.

Foreign Language and International Club members pictured above include (left to right) Shakuntala Sharma from Nepal, Liming Tiew from Malaysia, Veronica Moras from Uruguay, Jose Castillo from Panama, Jared Jacks of the UAM admissions office, Isabel Bacon, instructor of Spanish, Mary Whiting, director of admissions, Farad Masum of Bangladesh, and Emmanuel Snyders of France. Other international students currently on the UAM campus represent Brazil, Ghana, Iceland, Canada, Kenya, France, Nigeria, Mexico, Vietnam.