NAFSA will present the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization to seven U.S. colleges and universities for their innovative international programs. Columbus State University, North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey will receive the 2014 “Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization” for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses. Albion College, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin will receive the 2014 “Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award” for a specific international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization.
“We are proud to present NAFSA’s 2014 Simon Awards to these colleges and universities for their comprehensive commitment and remarkable achievements in bringing global education opportunities to their students,” said NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson. “They are excellent models for how higher education across the country can and must innovate to prepare our students for the global economy we live in today.”
Named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the Simon Awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization. The 2014 Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches to campus internationalization, both in terms of models and implementation. “Comprehensive internationalization” is the planned, strategic integration of international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of higher education. To be fully successful, it must involve active and responsible engagement of the academic community in global networks and partnerships.
Senator Simon was a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his robust support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and for his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens’ knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the proposed Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.