Because of the rapidly changing, increasingly interdependent world and global marketplace,
Texas Tech University strives to maximize educational opportunities for the persons
it serves in order that we all might become more knowledgeable of other countries
and peoples, appreciative of cultural diversity, and capable of functioning as internationally
competent individuals. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the International
Cultural Center (ICC) provide a myriad of far-reaching services for TTU and the multiple
and diverse communities served by the University.
In addition to the main office, International Affairs also consists of the following divisions: International Education and Enrollment Management, International Research and Development, International Operations and Outreach, International Student and Scholar Services, and Vietnam Center.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) supports and facilitates the international
mission of Texas Tech University. It provides services for faculty and students and
offers international educational and cultural experiences for the University and community,
and is a major contributor to the globalization process of the University and its
growing reputation as a major international educational and research center.
The International Cultural Center (ICC) is a significant service center and is Texas Tech University's signature statement of its commitment to international education. It provides a continual series of conferences, lectures, art exhibitions, and performances. When visiting the ICC, you will notice the 12 foot stainless steel globe just west of the building.
The Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects was awarded to the architects for the ICC design.
Inside, the building is equally beautiful. The Hall of Nations is a rotunda and features
flags of nations of the world and a terrazzo floor representing the continents, oceans
and seas of the world. A color mural, The Peoples of the World , and sepia murals of education and the arid lands mission of the University can be
seen in the halls and gallery outside the Hall of Nations. Our World Room is featured
in the center of the building and exhibits a six-foot geo-physical circulating globe
by Rand McNally.
Photographic and art exhibits can be viewed in both the east and west galleries and on the walls encircling the globe in the Our World Room.