Kennesaw State University recognized for efforts to internationalize its campus

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KSU among eight institutions receiving coveted 2011 Sen. Paul Simon Awards

 KENNESAW, Ga. – (March 15, 2011) — Kennesaw State University has been named to receive a 2011 Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: The Association for International Educators.   

During a June ceremony, Kennesaw State will receive the Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, recognizing the broad diversity of approaches the university employs to internationalize its campus. It was among five universities named in the comprehensive category.  Three other institutions were awarded Simon Spotlight Awards for a specific international program or initiative.   

The Simon awards are named for the late Paul Simon, a long-term Illinois senator known for his support of international education and foreign language learning, in general, and specifically for his leadership in creating the National Security Education Program.  

 “This prestigious award signals that KSU is on target with the goals we established in 2007 to create an integrated, interdisciplinary and multi-faceted global learning environment at KSU,” said Daniel S. Papp, KSU president.  “Each of the university’s eight colleges has strategically incorporated these goals into curriculum, faculty and student development objectives. We are extremely pleased that NAFSA recognizes the results.” 

Other institutions recognized for comprehensive internationalization of their campuses are Wisconsin’s Beloit College; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Macalester College in Minnesota and New York University.  Barnard College in New York, the University of Rhode Island and the University of San Diego will receive Simon awards for specific programs or initiatives.

“We’re among an elite group of institutions receiving this honor,” said Barry J. Morris, KSU’s vice provost of global engagement and strategic initiatives. “KSU’s distinction as a comprehensive internationalized campus results from the commitment of administrators and faculty to collaborate across disciplines to create rigorous academic programs and global learning experiences and opportunities for students, faculty and local community.” 

 KSU’s approach to internationalizing the campus includes an Institute for Global Initiatives that coordinates many of the university’s global engagement activities and programs; an intensive “Year of” country study program, now in its 28th year; a Global Engagement Certification that assesses and certifies students’ global competencies; an education abroad program supported by student-funded scholarships; extensive partnerships with universities, governments and non-government organizations around the globe; and an active global admissions department that attracts international students from more than 140 countries. A Global Learning Coordinating Council of administrators, faculty and students helps shape policy and guides the expansion of global learning opportunities.

In the last seven months, KSU has received two additional awards for its work in comprehensive institutional internationalization. In January, the university was awarded the Institute for International Education’s 2011 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.  The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy awarded KSU the 2010 Top Citizen Diplomacy Program award in September 2010.

Sen. Paul Simon awardees will be featured in a special NAFSA report titled “Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities” to be published in fall 2011.  They will also be recognized on June 3 during NAFSA’s annual conference and expo in Vancouver.

For more information, visit http://www.nafsa.org/

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.

 Contact/Writer: Sabbaye McGriff, 678-797-2550 or smcgrif1@kennesaw.edu