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Press Release (November 15, 2017)

Virginia International University Expands its Mission in the Global Bistro

Fairfax, VA – Virginia International University (VIU) is one of the best-kept local secrets for higher education value and preparing students for careers in the global marketplace.  For over 19 years, VIU has opened its doors to undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students from over 100 countries. Now those residing in the Greater Washington, DC metro area are coming to VIU drawn by its unique emphasis on diversity, generous scholarship program that makes access to higher education affordable, and its professional development emphasis for global careers.  In 2017, the private, non-profit university has been a true hub of cultural exchange and global thinkers that have participated and served as keynote speakers during publically attended conferences held on site, along with diversity events that support interfaith and political dialogue for greater understanding amongst peoples of the world.

As a local university focused on providing an educational experience with a Open a World of Opportunity, VIU has now expanded its Fairfax, Virginia campus to include an internationally-inspired restaurant open to the public on October 24, 2017. Global Bistro Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony was attended by Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen, former Mayor of Alexandria, Mr. William D. Euille, Deloitte Director of Federal Government Affairs, Mr. Tom Davis, and other distinguished guests from local government and the business community. The theme of embracing cultural diversity at VIU and in Northern Virginia region echoed in the comments made by the guest speakers Mr. Davis and Senator Petersen who talked about the importance of creating global citizens by providing higher education to American and international students.  “Entering into the realm of offering our students, staff, and the public a place where diverse cultures can come together peacefully to enjoy inspired cuisine only supports our belief that over food increased dialogue and cultural understanding can happen,” said Dr. Isa Sarac, VIU President. Master Chef Mr. Batkhuu Odonchuluun, who hails from Mongolia, took Dr. Sarac’s vision and translated it into a creative menu with an international twist offering diners a unique culinary experience in a fast-casual setting.  All meals at Global Bistro are made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients made daily from scratch. Diners can order classic favorites including soups and sandwiches or customize their orders per their taste preferences.

Global Bistro is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. It is located at 4401, Village Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030. The menu is available at www.myglobalbistro.com/menu.

Virginia International University (VIU) is a non-profit institution in Fairfax, Virginia that intends to make quality education affordable to students with diverse backgrounds. VIU offers over 20 innovative degree and certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels on campus and online. VIU also offers non-degree programs, including English as a Second Language (ESL), continuing education, and test preparation. For more information about VIU, call (703) 591-7042 or (800) 514-6848 or visit the University website, www.viu.edu

 Global Bistro is a new fast-casual restaurant that offers locally sourced creative meals inspired by flavors from around the world. Our menu features classic favorites and customizable bowls to satisfy any taste. For more information about Global Bistro, call (703) 591-7042 or visit www.myglobalbistro.com.

Media Contact:
Jane Bondarenko, PR Specialist
jane@viu.edu