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Institute of International Education Announces Winners of the 2011 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

Twelve Programs Recognized For Outstanding International Initiatives in Higher Education

NEW YORK, January 25, 2011—The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to award the tenth annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The 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. IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in New York City on March 18, 2011 as part of its conference for campus professionals, the Sixth Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.

In its ten years, the IIE Heiskell Awards have recognized over 80 programs that continue to promote international education on IIENetwork member campuses around the world. This year’s awards recognize best practices in the categories of Internationalizing the Campus: Business Education; Best Practices in International Partnerships: U.S.-Spain Academic Cooperation, co-sponsored by Fundación Universidad.es; Internationalizing the Community College; International Partnerships; and Study Abroad.

This year’s Internationalizing the Campus category focuses on business education because U.S. business students are an under-represented group in study abroad, despite the central role business plays in driving economic globalization. The 2011 IIE Heiskell Award in this category recognizes the great and growing need to prepare future business leaders to work in the global economy, and honors the College of Wooster’s Global Social Entrepreneurship program. Honorable Mention goes to The International Residency Program at The George Washington University School of Business.

The 2011 IIE Heiskell Awards are the first to include a category distinguishing academic partnerships between the U.S. and a specific country. The winner in Best Practices in International Partnerships: U.S.-Spain Academic Cooperation is the Harold E. Spencer Exchange in Teacher Education, a partnership between the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of Castilla-La Mancha. The Cornell-Cantabria Program, a partnership between Cornell College of Engineering and Universidad de Cantabria garners Honorable Mention in this category.

The tenth annual IIE Heiskell Awards continue to recognize the vital role community colleges play in internationalizing higher education across the United States. This year’s winner in the Internationalizing the Community College category is Houston Community College. This award will be presented in Houston on February 4 at a special workshop that focuses on internationalizing the community college. Genesee Community College earns Honorable Mention.

In the International Partnerships category, the winning initiative is the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London, a global partnership of 24 of the world’s leading law schools, spearheaded by Georgetown University Law Center. Honorable Mention goes to The Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education program, a partnership among The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Copenhagen Business School.

In the category of Study Abroad, the winner is Northeastern University for the Dialogue of Civilizations Program. Two programs receive Honorable Mention, the Japan Center for Michigan Universities’ Intensive Language Study in Japan, and Kennesaw State University’s Global Learning Scholarships. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) also receives special recognition in the Study Abroad category this year for the success of the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE), which has already enrolled 2,253 students in its internship programs since 2005 and serves as a model for best practices.

“The 2011 IIE Heiskell Award winners represent some of the world’s best initiatives in internationalizing higher education,” says IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman. “As institutions continue to innovate, taking their internationalization efforts to new heights and depths, we look forward to continuing our tradition of recognizing their commitment to excellence and meeting the global mandate of our time.”

The members of the Selection Panel for the 2011 IIE Heiskell Awards include international education leaders from a diverse range of organizations: 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; and Brian Whalen, President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad.

Brief descriptions of the 2011 winning initiatives follow.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit 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.


The following are the Winners and Honorable Mention recipients of the 2011 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, by award category:

Internationalizing the Campus – Special Focus: Business Education

Winner: College of Wooster, Global Social Entrepreneurship (Global SE)

Global SE at Wooster College began in 2009 when students, faculty, staff and alumni collaborated to design an innovative program that would reach all majors, specifically in under-represented fields like business. The program has two components: an on-campus seminar in Wooster, Ohio and a six-week experiential-learning consultancy with social enterprises in Bangalore, India. Students and faculty design a problems-based curriculum that is then studied from each student's disciplinary perspective and through the lens of the social enterprise they work for. Global SE aims to promote “global citizenship and entrepreneurship for the global good.”

Honorable Mention: The George Washington University School of Business, The GWSB Global MBA Program

The International Residency Program at The GWSB requires that 100 percent of full-time MBA students develop global management skills by participating in a mentored, credit-based and real-world consulting project abroad. Students participate in a sequence of four courses that prepare them for a two-week in-country residency where they work directly with clients, from international NGOs to chambers of commerce, to propose solutions. To date, over 300 students have completed projects in 10 countries across 5 continents.

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

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) are partners in the Harold E. Spencer Exchange in Teacher Education. The program consists of three components: immersion in language and culture; academic course work in pedagogy; and a teaching practicum in elementary and secondary schools. This integration of academic work and service learning refine students’ understanding of pedagogy and second-language acquisition as these disciplines are applied cross-culturally between the U.S. and Spain.

Honorable Mention: Universidad de Cantabria & Cornell College of Engineering, The Cornell-Cantabria Program (CCEP)

The CCEP allows engineering students with sufficient 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. 

Internationalizing the Community College

Winner: Houston Community College, International Business/Logistics & Supply Chain Management

The combined International Business and Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management program at Houston Community College has brought innovative ideas to its students and the Houston community. For example, the Export Fellows program, which began in 2006 and introduced students to basic exporting concepts presented by active practitioners, led enthusiastic students to form their own export companies; one exporting used cars to Kazakhstan, and another exporting medical equipment to Tunisia. The program helps students enter the marketplace with new skill sets in demand in the Houston area.

Honorable Mention: Genesee Community College, Nursing and Science (path and biotech) clinical exchange

Gennessee Community College in Batavia, New York offers a clinical exchange in nursing and science (medical pathology and biotechnology) with Southbank Institute of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The exchange is the first of its kind in the New York, offering nursing and pathology students an opportunity to learn from real-world experience of health care as it is practiced in another nation. The program has already helped recent participants secure registered nurse positions at magnet hospitals in New York State and grow institution-wide interest in study abroad.

International Partnerships

Winner: Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), administered by Georgetown University Law Center

Founded in 2008, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) now links 24 leading law schools on five continents. Each school sends students, and in many cases faculty, for a one- or, in limited cases, two-semester-long program focused on a specially designed transnational curriculum.  The Center’s academic purpose is to examine transnational legal issues from within a transnational educational context.  While the school is located in London and instruction takes place in English, there is no “host school”, “local faculty”, or “domestic legal context.”  In time, the Center aspires to become a global legal crossroads, engaging not only academics but practitioners and others as well.

Honorable Mention: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, UNC & CBS, Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education (GLOBE)

Launched in 2005, GLOBE (Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education) is an undergraduate business partnership program among the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The program enrolls a cohort of 45 students each year from the three schools to study together for 18 months in Denmark, Hong Kong and the United States. GLOBE provides future business leaders with the opportunity to learn from world-class professors and senior corporate executives, and develop distinct global business skills.

Study Abroad

Winner: Northeastern University, Dialogue of Civilizations

The Dialogue of Civilizations Program connects Northeastern University students with their peers around the world for a series of meetings on specific themes, such as language, conflict resolution, public health, civil engineering or music industry. With some 950 students and 50 faculty participating in five-week summer study abroad annually through Dialogues, faculty and students return to the Northeastern campus each fall with a greater understanding of global issues and determination to bring that knowledge into classroom and campus activities. In 2010, there were 49 Dialogue programs at Northeastern.

Special Recognition: German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD, Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) receives special recognition this year for the success of the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) umbrella. Since its inception in 2005, RISE has consistently achieved its goal of bringing talented North American researchers to Germany early in their academic careers, sparking an initial and long-lasting interest in Germany and Europe among a generation of budding scientists and engineers. RISE has already enrolled a total of 2,253 students in its internship programs and established a model for best practices.

Honorable Mention: Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Intensive Language Study in Japan

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) was established in 1989 as a consortium of fifteen public universities in Michigan seeking to create a more sustainable and successful study abroad experience in Japan for Michigan students. Working with Michigan’s sister-state, Shiga Prefecture, the universities created a facility in Hikone, Japan to build instructional capacity in Japanese language, history, religion, politics, geography, health care, environmental studies and cultural studies. JCMU enrolls students from 15 Michigan universities, many of whom might otherwise have few international experiences.

Honorable Mention: Kennesaw State University, Expanding Access and Enhancing Intercultural Learning

Kennesaw State University aims to “firmly establish global learning” as the institution’s “top priority and defining characteristic.” The Global Learning Scholarships, established in fall 2008, ensures that every KSU student participating in education abroad receives a scholarship. The program awarded students $727,317 last year and anticipates awarding $804,000 in the coming year. KSU boasts more than 60 education abroad programs on six continents in 35 countries that represent diverse fields of study from within each of its academic colleges.

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