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International Education Week (IEW) 2021 at UCLA rose above the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row. In a mostly virtual program punctuated by a few joyous in-person events, IEW took a deep look at the enduring value of international education and exchange through the eyes of faculty, students and alumni.

Over the course of November 15–19 , some 52 UCLA units hosted 43 individual events attended by hundreds of Bruins (past and present) and the general public. Bruins Around the World, the traditional evening of student cultural performances and activities hosted by UCLA Residential Life, returned to an in-person format this year at Covel Commons — cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of 162 mask-wearing students.

Other notable events included two UCLA Global Conversations, an international trivia night hosted by the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars, an in-person martial arts workshop on Hawai’ian Lua and an Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) panel on “Global Perspectives on Anti-Asian Racism.”

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