The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Global Strategies is hosting International Education Week Nov. 13-17.

International Education Week is a series of events celebrated in more than 100 countries and focuses on the benefits of international education and exchange programs, according to Rachel Ayalon, global projects specialist for the Office of Global Strategies.

IEW was created in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the week is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, according to its website.

There will be several events held, including the annual International Food Bazaar, which will be hosted in the Nebraska Union Ballroom on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m.

The event, hosted by the Cultural Ambassadors, invites students on campus to participate by preparing and selling foods related to their culture.

The event was created to introduce university students to diverse foods that various cultures prepare, according to Chelsea Akyeampong, president of the African Student Association.

“We want students and participants to enjoy African food and maybe even learn how it is made as well,” the sophomore global studies major said.

ASA will serve fried plantain, rice and chicken stew and puff puff, which is an African donut.

Along with the Food Bazaar, there will also be a Confucius Cooking Class during the week.

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institute focused on teaching and promoting the Chinese Language in the Lincoln area. The cooking class, on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in Leverton Hall, will have two instructors demonstrate how to cook moo shu pork and beef noodle soup.

A new event to this year’s IEW is the Environmental Systems Research Institute Story Maps. Story Maps is a software that lets users tell stories through geography and maps.

ESRI will give two workshops on Story Maps, one to learn about the basics of the software on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in Henzlik Hall, and another on how to put the software to use on Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in Love Library’s Witt Room.

Throughout the week, students and Lincolnites can also participate in an IEW photo contest. Participants can submit pictures sharing world experiences  by Nov. 16 to the Nebraska College of Business Facebook page. The post with the most likes will receive a prize pack.

Akyeampong said she hopes IEW will open other students’ eyes to the different cultures represented at the university.

“It is important for the university to become involved in the International Education Week because it demonstrates the university’s commitment to provide an inclusive and non-discriminatory environment for all diverse groups of students wherever they may come from,” she said.