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Institute of International Education Announces Winners of the 2010 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

Eight Campuses Recognized For Outstanding International Initiatives

NEW YORK, January 26, 2010—The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the winners of the ninth annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The awards were established to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the members of IIENetwork, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,000 institutions. The Heiskell Awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York City on March 19, 2010 as part of IIE’s 5th annual Best Practices Conference for campus professionals. The winning initiatives are profiled on IIE’s Best Practices in Internationalization website.

IIE's Heiskell Awards are for best practices in the categories of Internationalizing the Campus, Study Abroad, and International Exchange Partnerships. This year, in an effort to showcase initiatives that are working to make the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields more global, the  ‘Internationalizing the Campus’ category is recognizing exceptional programs that bring international elements to the study and teaching of engineering. The winners in this special focus category are Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA), and University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO) was selected to receive honorable mention.

For the second year, IIE will present a special Study Abroad for Community Colleges award to recognize the significant strides these institutions have made in increasing their study abroad levels throughout the decade. From academic year 2003/04 to 2007/08, the number of community colleges offering education abroad programs increased by 22 percent according to IIE’s 2009 Open Doors report. This year’s winner is the College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL), with honorable mention awarded to Howard Community College (Columbia, MD).

In the category of Study Abroad, the committee selected two winners: Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX) and Washington & Jefferson College (Washington, PA) for their separate initiatives.
In the category of International Exchange Partnerships, the winning initiative is a partnership between California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) and École Polytechnique (Paris, France), with honorable mention going to North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) and Université Paul Cézanne-IAE Aix-en-Provence (France).

“By recognizing excellence and innovation, the Institute hopes to support IIENetwork members in their endeavors and to signal a new and important role for international educators on campus,” explains IIE President Dr. Allan E. Goodman. 

The members of the Selection Panel for this year’s awards include some of the leading names in international education: Stephen Dunnett, Professor and Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Uliana Gabara, Dean of International Education, University of Richmond, and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Judith Irwin, former Director of International Initiatives, American Association of Community Colleges; Brian Whalen, President, The Forum on Education Abroad; and Sebastian Fohrbeck, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The following are the Winners and Honorable Mention recipients of the 2010 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, by award category:

Internationalizing the Campus (Special Focus: Engineering Programs)

Winner: Georgia Institute of Technology, "The International Plan"

Over a two-year period, Georgia Tech faculty and administrators developed a broad set of global course requirements that can be tailored to any discipline. This curriculum integration initiative, The International Plan, is in its fifth year and encompasses 25 out of the 35 undergraduate majors at Georgia Tech, including eight of the eleven engineering majors. Since the IP’s inception, 661 students have participated in the program, 50 percent of whom come from the College of Engineering or the College of Computing.

Honorable Mention: University of Colorado at Boulder, “Internationalization in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science”

When the University of Colorado at Boulder named "Learning for a Diverse World" as a core initiative of its Flagship 2030 strategic plan, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) developed a multifaceted approach that encompasses research partnerships, support for international students and scholars, study abroad opportunities, and global coursework. At the undergraduate level, CEAS created an international engineering certificate, which includes language, culture and internship components. CEAS also initiated the first dual degree program at the university and now has four such partnerships.

International Exchange Partnerships

Winner: California Institute of Technology  and Ecole Polytechnique, “Dual Master’s Degree Program in Aerospace Engineering or Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics”

Building on existing joint agreements, the California Institute of Technology and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris successfully launched a dual Master’s degree program in Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics in 2007. The dual degree program spans two academic years; students spend a year at each institution and all classes are taught in English. The multidisciplinary program also includes a six month internship in academic or industrial laboratories. 

Honorable Mention: North Carolina State University and Universite Paul Cezanne-IAE Aix-en-Provence, “Master of Global Innovation Management”

Building on successful past student and faculty exchanges, North Carolina State University’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management (NCSU) and Université Paul Cézanne’s IAE Graduate School of Management (IAE) launched the Master of Global Innovation Management (MGIM). The program allows students to earn a degree from each of the participating schools: Master of Global Innovation Management (NCSU) and Master in Business Administration (IAE), and includes an internship that can take place in the U.S, Europe, China, or other approved international settings. 

Study Abroad

Co-winner: Angelo State University, “Fostering International Education through Study Abroad: Removing Participation Barriers for Students and Faculty"

When Joseph C. Rallo became President of Angelo State University in 2007, he was determined to increase study abroad participation on campus. Tripling the number of students studying abroad in just two years, Angelo State University serves as a model for all practitioners seeking to jump-start internationalization initiatives on their campuses.  Above all, the university committed to removing financial barriers for participation in study abroad and the strategic use of programming to heighten the profile of study abroad among students and faculty. In 2009, 155 students participating in short-term study abroad programs received full scholarships of approximately $4,200 each. 

Co-winner: Washington & Jefferson College, “The Magellan Project”

Using short term programs as catalysts for semester-long study and providing a design-your-own option for independent overseas experiences, Washington & Jefferson College is a leader in innovative study abroad programming. Each year, more than 30 students receive support for 3-week credit-bearing courses that are led by faculty during the January intersession. Students are then encouraged to pursue year or semester-long programs and are able to take their financial aid with them. W&J also offers opportunities for more adventurous students to craft individualized research projects under the umbrella of the Magellan Project—a growing collection of alumni-funded and foundation-funded initiatives. 

Study Abroad for Community Colleges

Winner: College of Lake County, “Semester-long Study Abroad Program at Xi-an International University”

The College of Lake County used a semester-long study abroad program in China as a springboard to internationalizing the curriculum at all levels. The program answered a critical need for community college students who tend to come from lower income families, diverse backgrounds, and non-traditional groups, by providing an affordable semester-long program. Thirty-nine CLC students and four students from other Illinois community colleges participated in 2008 and 2009. In addition, the two CLC faculty members who accompanied the students taught courses in their areas of expertise to both CLC and XAIU students. Since the program’s inception, 17 courses within the existing college curriculum have added East Asian content, and curriculum development mini-grants enabled three new course offerings: Politics in East Asia, Doing Business in China, and Food Business in China. The semester-long program is also complemented by two short-term summer study abroad programs to China, one focusing on Business and Culture in China, the other a six-week language immersion experience.

Honorable Mention: Howard Community College, “Mexico Language Study Abroad Initiatives”

Howard Community College’s (HCC) ten-year partnership with Universidad Internacional-The Center for Linguistic and Multicultural Studies (UNITER) in Cuernavaca Mexico has resulted in a truly comprehensive exchange program serving over 300 students. With myriad study abroad programs, student and faculty exchanges, internship opportunities, and community service components, the program has grown along with HCC’s internationalization needs. The program has even accommodated needs of the local community, providing Spanish classes for county firefighters and Maryland police officers.

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The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.


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