2011 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Best Practices in International Partnerships

Universidad de Cantabria & Cornell College of Engineering

The Cornell-Cantabria Program (CCEP)

Nomination submitted by: Miguel Angel Serna Oliveira, Vice-Rector for International Relations

Program Overview
Engineers, whose demanding curriculum presents a well-known hurdle to finding international opportunities, nonetheless need to possess global skills, and, increasingly in the United States, the ability to understand Spanish. "The CCEP was designed specifically to address these two challenges," says W. Kent Fuchs, Cornell's Provost, "to allow students with a solid high-school background in the Spanish language to take Cornell College of Engineering curriculum-approved courses, primarily in English, while studying at the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain, for a full academic year."

The program, taught at the Universities of Cantabria and Cornell, meets the requirements of both institutions and allows up to 20 students from each university to study two full academic years together spending one year at each institution. The international experience is broadened with internships and other activities, including "construction site visits," which Cornell students consistently regard as one of the most valuable learning experiences of their academic careers. The program is recognized for its efforts to help participating students open the door to expanded international engineering opportunities worldwide.

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

2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2011

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

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University

Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Donna Scarboro
Associate Vice President, International Programs, The George Washington University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad