NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently announced Hobart and William Smith Colleges as one of only five winners of the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The institutions being recognized for their overall excellence include Carnegie Mellon University, Loyola University, Northeastern University, and the University of San Francisco.
Named for the late Senator Paul Simon, (D-Ill.), these awards acknowledge outstanding and innovative efforts in campus internationalization. Simon was well known as a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and in his vision of a national program to expand Americans’ knowledge of the world.
“On behalf of the staff of the Center for Global Education, we’re delighted that the Colleges have been honored with this award,” says Tom D’Agostino, associate dean for global education. “Senator Simon was a visionary in his support for international education and in his efforts to enable more U.S. students to have the opportunity to study abroad. We’ve made significant progress in recent years in expanding our study abroad offerings and increasing the number of international students on campus. Our students also contribute a great deal to our internationalization work as they share their insights and experiences from abroad through presentations and performances on campus, in area schools, and in our journal ‘The Aleph: A Journal of Global Perspectives.'”
The award recognizes the Colleges’ commitment to intercultural understanding and to providing a rigorous, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education that produces globally engaged graduates.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer a multitude of internationally-focused courses across all divisions and departments. In fact, more than half of the First-Year Seminars this year include significant international content. In leveraging resources from numerous grants, as well as the generosity of alums and other donors, the Center for Global Education at Hobart and William Smith has developed wide-ranging, off-campus study opportunities and an innovative approach to pre-departure and reentry programming that contributes much to campus internationalization. Currently more than half of the Colleges’ students participate in off-campus study, choosing from among 41 semester-long programs. Many of these include internship and service-learning opportunities.
Each of the institutions selected for internationalization awards this year will be featured in NAFSA’s report “Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities,” to be published this fall. This annual report recognizes institutions that are leaders in the growing effort across higher education to better prepare students for a global economy and an interconnected world. The awardees will also be recognized on June 4 at the International Plenary and Luncheon during NAFSA’s 2010 Annual Conference & Expo in Kansas City, Mo.
NAFSA’s original name was National Association of Foreign Student Advisers.