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UB working to meet demand for international education

UB Office of International Education

More than 600 UB students are studying overseas this year, as the university expands where they can study and recruits students to take advantages of the opportunity to learn other languages and other cultures.

Interim Vice Provost for International Education John Wood says students are also learning that prospective employers like grads who know other languages and have lived in other cultures, assets to international companies.

"We're now working with colleagues to develop more programming in Ghana, for example, and Tanzania and Senegal and South Africa," Wood said.

"There are more and more opportunities there which would help us, at the same time, to diversify our study abroad enrollment."

Wood says Kazakhstan will soon join the list of countries in which students can study. He reminds students considering international education to take an open-minded approach.

"While learning the foreign language is perhaps the best entree into that culture, certainly it's not a necessity and we have many students who don't have a second language who are abroad and having very important and valuable cross-cultural experiences," Wood said.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.