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IIE Hosts 2011 Conference on Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus in NYC, March 18

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Keynote Speakers: E. Gordon Gee, President, Ohio State University, and
Alina L. Romanowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs

Special Honoree: Marian S. Heiskell, in Celebration of the Tenth Year of the
Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

NEW YORK, March 9, 2011—Making business education more global, developing educational partnerships overseas, and diversifying study abroad destinations are just some of the topics that educators and other experts will address at the Institute of International Education’s Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus Conference in New York City. The March 18 full-day conference will be held at IIE’s headquarters, at 809 United Nations Plaza. On March 17, IIE will host a pre-conference series of informal, interactive roundtable discussions on hot topics in international education.

At the conference, leading higher education experts, including winners of the 2011 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, will present their successful strategies for internationalizing the campus. Participants will include more than 150 university presidents, provosts and deans and international education professionals from colleges and universities from across the United States and overseas.

Keynote speakers include E. Gordon Gee, President, Ohio State University, a passionate advocate for enhancing the international experience on university campuses, and Alina L. Romanowski, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs, who will address academic partnerships and public policy. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of IIE will deliver opening remarks, and IIE experts will chair the panels.

According to Dr. Goodman “IIE’s Best Practices Conference is a wonderful forum for participants to discuss new developments in international education today, and to challenge ourselves to do even more to educate global citizens. The speakers represent a wide range of views from campuses of all sizes and types in the United States and around the world.”

This year’s conference will feature a special plenary session on how to internationalize business education, with campus experts from the United States and Hong Kong. American business students are an under-represented group in study abroad, despite the central role business plays in driving economic globalization, and educators will address how to respond to the growing need to prepare future business leaders to work in the global economy. Other sessions will focus on best practices in expanding participation in study abroad; student mobility and emerging educational hubs with panelists from Malaysia and Qatar; and building international partnerships, with U.S. experts and winners of a special award for higher education partnerships between the United States and Spain.

The conference will celebrate the tenth annual presentation of the Andrew Heiskell Awards. Thomas S. Johnson, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, will present the Chairman’s Medal to Marian S. Heiskell, noted philanthropist and wife of the late publisher, Andrew Heiskell, who was a longtime advocate for international education. The Heiskell Awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the members of IIENetwork, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,000 higher education institutions. The 2011 Andrew Heiskell Award-winning initiatives are listed below, and representatives of the campuses will be at the conference to accept their awards at a 2:00 p.m. ceremony.

On Thursday, March 17, IIE will hold a day-long program of informal roundtable discussions for conference participants, addressing topics such as: New Strategies for Engaging with Indonesia; Diversity in Study Abroad Participants; Diversifying Study Abroad Destinations; Emerging Regional Hubs for Global Student Mobility and Best Practices in Developing International Partnerships with Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Institute of International Education

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 18 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.

2011 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

Internationalizing the Campus – Special Focus: Business Education

Winner: College of Wooster, Global Social Entrepreneurship (Global SE)
Honorable Mention: The George Washington University School of Business, The GWSB Global MBA Program

Best Practices in International Partnerships: U.S.-Spain Academic Cooperation

Winner: University of Nebraska Lincoln & University of Castilla-La Mancha, Harold E. Spencer Exchange in Teacher Education
Honorable Mention: Universidad de Cantabria & Cornell College of Engineering, The Cornell-Cantabria Program (CCEP)

Internationalizing the Community College

Winner: Houston Community College, International Business/Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Honorable Mention: Genesee Community College, Nursing and Science (path and biotech) clinical exchange

International Partnerships

Winner: Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), administered by Georgetown University Law Center
Honorable Mention: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, UNC & CBS, Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education (GLOBE)

Study Abroad

Winner: Northeastern University, Dialogue of Civilizations
Special Recognition: German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD, Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Honorable Mention: Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Intensive Language Study in Japan
Honorable Mention: Kennesaw State University, Expanding Access and Enhancing Intercultural Learning


Related Links

IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

2011 IIE Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus Conference

2010 Conference Resources
View photos, presentations and the agenda from last year's IIE Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus Conference

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