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2014 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in
The Institute of International Education (IIE) created the Andrew
Heiskell Awards in 2001 to recognize and honor the most outstanding initiatives that are being conducted in international higher
education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. By recognizing excellence and innovation, the Institute hopes to promote
and further wide-ranging internationalization efforts on campuses
across the world.
The 2014 Heiskell Awards are for best practices in the following four
categories: Study Abroad, Internationalizing the Campus, International
Partnerships and Internationalizing the Community College. The winners
in each of the categories offer exceptional programs that serve to internationalize the campus, while also working to eliminate institutional barriers and broadening the base of participation in international teaching.
During the past 13 years, IIE has awarded Heiskell awards to
more than 100 initiatives that demonstrate best practices in higher
education internationalization. Our hope is that these programs will
not only be adapted by institutions across the world for their own
campuses, but that they'll also spark new ideas.
This year, as IIE launches the new Generation Study Abroad
initiative to double the number of students who study abroad by
the end of the decade, we encourage campuses to learn from "what
works" in the area of enabling more students in more disciplines
and at all types of campuses to be able to have an international
Readers can access the full profiles of this year's winning initiatives and profiles of past winners at: www.iie.org/heiskellawards.
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY, ENGINEERS FOR
The Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) Haiti
Initiative is an innovative student-directed program that began
as an applied engineering program, but now also integrates civic
engagement and extends across disciplines to improve the quality of
life and work towards a sustainable future for the village of Cange in
Haiti's Central Plateau. CEDC projects have directly impacted more
than 10,000 Haitians.
The CEDC Haiti Initiative works with Zanmi Lasante, a local
nongovernmental healthcare provider, to develop solutions through
interdisciplinary student-led initiatives in partnership with Clemson
University, non-profit organizations, and industry. The program
created its first service-learning experience in the fall of 2009 with
seven civil engineering students, who focused on the design for a
municipal water filtration and distribution system in Haiti's Central
Plateau, serving a population of 3,500. The Episcopal Diocese of
Upper South Carolina provided initial funding for the project,
and the students raised personal funds to travel, collect data, and
initiate the design process.
A few months later, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Port-au-Prince.
The devastation resulted in thousands of Haitians relocating to the
Central Plateau. The surge in population, coupled with a subsequent
outbreak of cholera, placed increased pressure on the student team
to complete the water filtration system. Faced with growing health
and environmental issues, CEDC branched out to form its first interdisciplinary collaboration with the School of Public Health and the
Bio-systems Engineering Department at Clemson University.
In the poignant words of a student, Harrison DeMint: "Walking a
mile in Haitian shoes is a good summary of my trip. Walking up the
steps from Ba Cange made a huge impact on me. I tried to imagine not
being able to go to school because I needed to walk those steps with
a heavy load of water. It changed my perspective of what is difficult
and what is important. Everywhere you saw people doing what they
had to do to get by, which was really inspiring."
Originally a STEM-focused engineering program, CEDC now
involves approximately 100 students per semester (freshman through
graduate levels) from 30 different majors, working on 15 separate
projects in engineering, economic development, and education, all
focused on a sustainable future for Cange. Engineering, an underrepresented group in study abroad, remains at the program's core:
students from the College of Engineering and Science comprise nearly
two-thirds of its enrollment.
The students in CEDC stand to gain much more than hands-on
experience in their profession; they witness poverty, sickness and an
unwavering sense of community that few had ever imagined before
taking part in the program.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Spring 2014
A Message from Allan E. Goodman
2014 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
An Interview with Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research, Government of Norway
Introduction to the Globalization of International Education
Internationalization as Acquisitions, Mergers, and Synergy: A Value-Based Framework of Internationalization
Globalized Internationalization: Implications for Policy and Practice
Advocating the Value of Experiential Learning in the Age of Globalization
The Translocal Urban Nexus in International Education: Trinity College in China and Southeast Asia
Mission Apt: Evolving Strategies for Global Student Recruitment
Global Research Networks: Experiments in Internationalization
Two Models of Global Learning
Final Thought: Fostering Global Research Capacity Through Multilateral Partnerships: The Global Innovation Initiative
IIE Network - Spring 2014