Henry Kaufman Prize Medal

Henry Kaufman Prize

The Henry Kaufman Prize was created to honor a national leader or public official for his or her work in promoting and developing international education at the tertiary level.

The Institute of International Education announces the call for nominations for the IIE Henry Kaufman Prize.

The IIE Kaufman Prize recognizes that international education is more critical than ever to promoting international understanding and seeks to honor those who have taken it upon themselves to promote the cause. The Prize will honor a national leader or public official for his or her work in promoting and developing international education at the tertiary level. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • founding study abroad programs or international institutions of higher education
  • facilitating the exchange of international students for the purpose of mutual understanding
  • developing policy that increases the potential for study abroad
  • aiding threatened scholars to escape persecution

Created in 2009 by IIE's Board of Trustees in honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Institute's founding, the Prize recognizes Dr. Henry Kaufman, IIE's Chairman Emeritus, for over 30 years of outstanding service as a Trustee of the Institute.

Previous Prize Recipients

2013: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil

2010: Fasli Jalal, Vice Minister of National Education of the Republic of Indonesia


The Kaufman Prize will be presented at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1 or 2, 2015, or on another mutually suitable date. The winner will receive a specially struck medal and a diploma in acknowledgement for his or her efforts and achievements in advancing international education.


The selection will be made by a jury comprised of members of the Institute's Board of Trustees. The Chairman of the Jury is Dr. John Sexton, President of New York University.

Nomination Procedure

To nominate, please submit a letter explaining how the individual has promoted international education while serving as a public official or national leader. You may also include news articles pertaining to the nominee and his or her efforts to promote international education. Please be sure to include your full name and contact information in your letter of nomination.

Nominees must currently hold, or previously have held, a position as a national leader or public official including, but not limited to:

  • Head of State
  • Minister of Education
  • Governor
  • Mayor

Nominations are welcome from government officials, journalists, and leaders in academia, business, and philanthropy from all nations.

Nominations are due by Monday, August 3, 2015 by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The nomination letter should be posted or emailed directly to:


IIE Henry Kaufman Prize Committee
c/o Dr. Allan E. Goodman
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10017