Greetings world travelers,
In light of recent acts of terrorism it is necessary to speak on the obligation we have as advocates of global understanding to continue to support the creation of an international educational community.
Though stories of terror, hate, and intolerance continue to circulate the media internationally, researchers and professionals in the realm of study abroad remain positive about the level of student safety and care overseas. In fact, a new report by the Forum on Education Abroad (recently discussed in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education and then republished in University World News) states that actions taken and decisions made by professionals in international education concerning student safety, security, and welfare are repeatedly more developed and perfected than on many home campuses.
If you are passionate about embarking on an abroad experience, but are wary due to recent tragic events taking place world-wide, please consider reading this report for more data on the commitment of study abroad professionals to the protection and well-being of students adventuring and studying abroad.
Let us not be shaken by the heinous acts of violence perpetrated by those who seek to divide our international community. Rather, let’s stand together as united nations: strong, growing, and unafraid.
“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Best wishes to you all,
Caela Provost- US Representative, University College Cork