January 20, 2015

UNO Celebrates Grand Opening of New International Center

Grand Opening of UNO International CenterForeign dignitaries visited the University of New Orleans today to celebrate the grand opening of its new International Center, which will serve as a campus hub for the University’s international programs and services.

The University of New Orleans celebrated the grand opening of its new International Center, which will serve as a campus hub for the University’s international programs and services.

“For decades, the University of New Orleans has been a leader in internationally-focused higher learning,” President Peter J. Fos said. “UNO has a rich history of both enrolling students from foreign countries as well as sending our students on one of our many study abroad programs to enrich their lives and expand their world view. The International Center reaffirms our commitment to educating globally aware citizens."

The money to renovate and furnish the facility was a gift from the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation, a New Orleans-based, family-controlled philanthropic organization.

The 15,275-square-foot International Center is the new home for UNO’s international programs and services including: study abroad and international exchanges, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Intensive English Language Program, international admissions and recruitment, the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Center Austria, Latin American Studies, and the Model United Nations Team. The World Affairs Council of New Orleans has also relocated its offices to UNO’s campus in the International Center.

In addition to hosting lectures, seminars and meetings, the International Center also has a student lounge with satellite television that will broadcast programming in 15 different languages. Students can use this as a gathering space and reserve it for after-hours events.

The grand opening ceremony was attended by UNO faculty, staff and students as well as several Louisiana-based consuls. Among those who offered remarks were: UNO President Peter J. Fos; His Excellency Hans Peter Manz, ambassador of Austria to the United States; The Honorable Grégor Trumel, consul general of France in New Orleans; Anton Fink, vice president of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation in Vienna; David Teagle, UNO Student Government president; Alea Morelock Cot, UNO assistant vice president for international education; and Steve Striffler, Doris Zemurray Stone Chair in Latin American Studies and professor of anthropology at UNO.

The most enduring example of UNO’s commitment to international education is the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015. More than 10,000 students have participated in the collaborative program between UNO and the University of Innsbruck in Austria since 1976.

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