Posted November 18, 2009

Student Center display highlights Temple’s international student body

  • Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University

Forty-four flags hang from the ceiling of the Howard Gittis Student Center in recognition of the 1,524 international students currently enrolled at Temple. An initiative of Temple Student Government, Student Activities and the Office of International Services, the flags illustrate the university’s global diversity.

The first four flags — U.S.A., China, India and South Korea — signify the countries that currently send the most students to Temple. The remaining 40 illustrate one quarter of the approximately 160 countries represented by the student body. Each year the flags will be rotated so that within a four-year stay at Temple, each student will have an opportunity to see his or her flag.

“This initiative is and will continue to be a public acknowledgement of Temple’s growing international diversity for many years to come,” said Martyn Miller, senior director of International Services.

The flags were on display during Tuesday’s Global Temple conference, an annual event that celebrates Temple’s global interests, connections and impact. The one-day symposium featured displays of student, staff and faculty research, programs and creative activities from around the world emphasizing three pillars of excellence: research scholarship, artistic creativity, and community service.

For more info on the flag display, visit the Student Center website. A new information Kiosk is planned for later this semester.