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BEST PRACTICES 2010 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards: Best Practices in International Education By Shannon Bishop WHILE MAGELLAN SCHOLARS at Washington and Jefferson College devise independent study abroad projects, students in a dual master’s degree program in aerospace engineering spend one year at Caltech and one year at École Polytechnique in France. Looking east, College of Lake County students spend a semester at Xi’an International University in China. In an effort to internationalize the campus, Georgia Tech integrates an international track into its curriculum, and Angelo State reallocates funding to finance study abroad scholarships and provide support services to faculty. Honoring all these initiatives and more, these pages describe eight programs that were selected as winners or honorable mention recipients for IIE’s ninth annual Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The Institute of International Education (IIE) created these awards to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives that are being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. In an effort to showcase best practices in making the STEM fields more global, the 2010 Internationalizing the Campus category has a special focus on engineering programs. According to Open Doors 2009, only 17 percent of study abroad students were majoring in the STEM fields, compared to 23 percent of all U.S. undergraduates who plan to major in the STEM fields.1 The engineering programs profiled in this issue provide excellent strategies for equipping future engineers with international skills. We hope the winning programs will encourage and inspire other campuses. “By recognizing excellence and innovation, the Institute hopes to support IIENetwork members in their endeavors and to signal a new and important role for international educators on campus,” explains IIE President Dr. Allan E. Goodman. You can find the profiles of this year’s winning initiatives and a collection of profiles of the past nine years of awardwinning programs on IIENetwork’s Best Practices website: www.iienetwork.org/?p=BestPractices. CATEGORY 1: INTERNATIONALIZING THE CAMPUS (Special Focus: Engineering Programs) including eight of the eleven engineering majors. Successful completion of the IP leads to a designation on students’ diplomas and transcripts signifying their global competence in the discipline. Since the IP’s inception, 661 students have participated in the program, 50 percent of whom come from the College of Engineering or the College of Computing. “The International Plan neither replaces nor supplants other GIT programs,” says Gary B. Schuster, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Rather it is Georgia Tech’s signature international program to enhance international study for undergraduates.” Recognized as a model for comprehensive curriculum internationalization and a leader for training engineers with the global competencies needed in today’s international workforce, the International Plan has heightened overall internationalization efforts on the Georgia Tech campus, with its impact extending beyond IP program participants. Georgia Tech aims to have 50 percent of its undergraduates to have an international experience before graduation. GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONALIZING THE CAMPUS WINNER The International Plan Nomination submitted by Amy Henry, Executive Director of International Education Over a two-year period Georgia Tech faculty and administrators developed a broad set of global course requirements that can be tailored to any discipline. Officially called the International Plan, this curriculum integration initiative is in its fifth year and encompasses 25 out of the 35 undergraduate majors at Georgia Tech, http://www.iienetwork.org/?p=BestPractices

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2010

IIE Networker - Spring 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIE Networker University Presidents Interview Series: Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore (NUS)
2010 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards: Best Practices in International Education
U.S.-India Exchange: Ready for a “New Era”?
Using Social Media to Recruit Indian Students Rahul Choudaha, World
Advancing Sustainability: Alcoa Foundation ProgramServes as Catalyst for Greater International Collaboration for Universities
A New Frontier in China for the University of Montana
The View from Vietnam: Perceptions of Prospective
When Meaningful Partnerships Work: Developing World-Class Indonesian Geoscientists
Rising Demand from Southeast Asian Professionals for Tertiary Executive Education Programs: When Quality Matters
Advertisers’ Index
IIE Program Profile

IIE Networker - Spring 2010