2008 Heiskill Award Honorable Mention: International Exchange Partnerships

East Carolina University

Global Academic Initiatives

Nomination submitted by: Rosina Chia, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Academic Initiatives; Elmer Poe, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Outreach; Jami Leibowitz, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Lean Faculty, Global Understanding

Program Overview
East Carolina University (ECU) has engaged a consortium of over 20 universities in 17 countries to participate in distance learning programs that broaden the reach and impact of international education throughout the campus.

Since its inception in 2003, ECU has seen its relationship with its partners grow into several specific programs involving both students and faculty. In the Global Understanding course, for example, 15 students work with three international universities for 4-5 weeks each. In the International Lecture Exchange Program, ECU uses its contacts with its international partners to connect faculty willing to give lectures with appropriate classes/audiences at ECU and vice-versa.

This innovative partnership effectively removes financial barriers associated with partnerships, as most universities already have the technological capacity necessary for participation. Moreover, the variety of partner institutions exposes students to a range of different cultures and perspectives.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

Selection Panel Members 2008

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Stephen Dunnett
Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Uliana Gabara
President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and Dean of International Education, University of Richmond

Ulrich Grothus
Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) New York

Brian Whalen
President, The Forum on Education Abroad