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The Institute of International Education (IIE) has announced the winners of the seventh annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The awards were established to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives being conducted in international higher education. The winning campuses for 2008 are: St. Louis Community College, Forest Park (Internationalizing the Campus), Rice University and The University of Tulsa (Study Abroad), and University of Georgia (International Exchange Partnerships). Honorable Mention was awarded to Florence-Darlington Technical College, Leeds Metropolitan University, Grand Valley State University, State University of New York at Buffalo, and East Carolina University. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the United Nations on March 13 as part of IIE's annual Best Practices Seminar.
According to IIE's President, Dr. Allan E. Goodman, "We were very impressed with the range and strength of this year's Heiskell Award-winning programs. The IIENetwork member colleges and universities have been tremendously creative and innovative in addressing the challenges of preparing their students to live and work in a global society, and have achieved clear results. We are especially pleased to be able to recognize programs this year that have achieved strong international partnerships and succeeded in increasing access to study abroad. All of these programs are making great strides in providing the international experience so urgently needed to strengthen America's competitiveness and our national security, and to increase our understanding of the world."
The members of the Selection Panel for this year's awards include some of the leading names in international education: Brian Whalen, President, The Forum on Education Abroad; Uliana Gabara, Dean of International Education, University of Richmond, and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Stephen Dunnett, Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo; Ulrich Grothus, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD/NY).
Following are the Winners and Honorable Mentions in their award categories:
STUDY ABROAD: Providing innovative programs and services and making study abroad more accessible to a broader student population.
Winner: Rice University (Houston, Texas) and University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma) "NanoJapan: Summer Nanotechnology Research Program for Undergraduates," a twelve-week, summer program that involves sixteen first and second year science and engineering students from U.S. universities in research internships with Japanese nanotechnology laboratories.
Honorable Mentions awarded to Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan) "Barbara H. Padnos International Center," and to State University at Buffalo (Buffalo, New York) "International Comparative Urban Planning Studio."
INTERNATIONALIZING THE CAMPUS: Advancing curriculum development and providing services to international students.
Winner: St. Louis Community College, Forest Park (St. Louis, Missouri) "Global Education Committee" a committee of 35 campus administrators, district administrators, faculty, and staff, which now works throughout the year to implement the school's comprehensive internationalization plan of programs and partnerships.
Honorable Mentions awarded to Florence-Darlington Technical College (Florence, South Carolina), "A Global Village for Two Year Institutions-Domestic & Abroad," and to Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds, England), "Internationalization Strategy."
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PARTNERSHIPS: Recognizes institutions collaborating with counterparts abroad.
Winner: University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia) "UGA Tunisia Educational Partnership: A Complex Systems Approach to International Education and Development" a partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Education to contribute to Tunisian educational reform efforts, involving UGA faculty and students.
Honorable Mention awarded to East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina), "Global Academic Initiatives."
Profiles of this year's winning programs are available on the "Best Practices" resource of the IIENetwork website, at www.iienetwork.org/?p=BestPractices . This site showcases nearly 50 winning programs and honorable mention recipients from the seven years of the awards, to serve as a resource and inspiration for the international educational community worldwide.
This year's winning programs will be recognized at an Awards Luncheon on March 13 at the United Nations, as part of the 3rd Annual IIE Best Practices Conference and will receive a $1000 prize. The programs will also be featured in the Spring 2008 issue of the IIENetworker magazine and will be highlighted by IIE as the best practices in the field of international education throughout the year.
The Awards are named for the late Andrew Heiskell, a longtime member of IIE's Board of Trustees, a former chairman of Time Inc., a renowned philanthropist, and a passionate supporter of international education, and have been endowed by a gift from Marian Sulzberger Heiskell as a lasting tribute to Mr. Heiskell's legacy.
About The Institute of International Education (IIE)
The Institute of International Education is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world's most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE has a network of 18 offices worldwide, over 900 college and university members, and more than 5,000 volunteers. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships and the Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide, publishing IIEPassport: Academic Year Abroad and Short Term Study Abroad and operating www.IIEPassport.org , the search engine for study abroad programs and www.fundingStudyAbroad.org , a free search engine for study abroad funding sources. IIE also conducts policy research and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. Information on the Institute can be obtained from our Website: www.iie.org.
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