Bridging Our World, is a five-day display featuring the flags of the countries represented by international students attending the university during the academic semester. The next display across The Iowa Memorial footbridge will be in spring 2019 from Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11.
The flags will be installed daily starting at 7:00 a.m. by faculty and student members of the UI Army ROTC, and taken down every evening starting at 5:00 p.m. by members of the Veteran Student Association, assisted by students from other groups. The United States Flag Code was used to determine proper order and procedures for display of the flags.
The flags will be displayed every fall and spring semester to recognize the international students who are on campus.
The UI's commitment
International students make up an increasingly important part of the University of Iowa, with 4,011 enrolled in the 2017-18 academic year. The flag-lined footbridge will become a symbol recognizing the University of Iowa’s international students and their significant role in the life of the university and community.
“The diversity of our campus community is an asset that we must cultivate because it enriches the educational experience students have while at Iowa. By deliberately engaging students who come from different walks of life, different cultural backgrounds, and different parts of the globe, students have opportunities to learn to function successfully and with ease in global environments.”
-Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of international programs
To learn more about the UI’s commitment to become a leading international institution, visit A Shared Vision for a Global University of Iowa.