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BEST PRACTICES 2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education The Institute of International Education created the Andrew Heiskell Awards in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork members. The goals of IIE’s Heiskell Awards are: to foster innovative ideas that will help international education professionals create and sustain new opportunities for students and faculty; to bring international education to the forefront of education policy; and to stimulate public awareness of the benefits of international educational exchange. Over the past 11 years, the Heiskell Awards have recognized nearly 100 programs for their excellence and innovation, and this year’s winners and honorable mentions fit exceptionally within this distinguished list. The Discover Germany–Discover USA Program gives underrepresented students in Germany and the U.S. the chance to reconsider their own concepts of identity through international experiences. The University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program has taken great strides in increasing study abroad enrollment in a discipline (engineering) that has rapidly globalized. The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program, a consortium administered by Hendrix College, has contributed significantly to the development of an entire country, while Howard Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County have teamed up to increase the global competency of their students. The Heiskell Awards exist not only to honor existing programs but also to inspire new ones, and we hope that the best practices outlined below will be adapted to the needs of many additional institutions. Readers can find full profiles of this year’s winning initiatives and profiles of the past decade of award-winning, innovative international programs at: www.iie.org/heiskellawards. CATEGORY 1: INTERNATIONALIZING THE CAMPUS UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY INTERNATIONALIZING THE CAMPUS WINNER Discover Germany–Discover USA Nomination submitted by Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost for International Programs T he t w i n prog r a ms of Discover Germany–Discover USA share a mission: to provide a mechanism through which students from underrepresented groups in both countries can reconsider their own concepts of identity through an international experience. The program sends 20 students of diverse backgrounds from the University of Kentucky (minority, Appalachian, or first-generation college students) to study in Berlin each June, and brings 20-25 German students who are immigrants or first-generation citizens to study at the University of Kentucky each September. The Discover Germany–Discover USA program provides a fully funded, five-week academic experience for these students and is, moreover, an important component of the University of Kentucky’s strategy to further campus internationalization. It is conducted in partnership with the German Fulbright Commission and receives additional support from the Hertie Foundation and Germany’s European Recovery Program. The overarching goal is to allow students to reflect on the concept of “otherness” in local, national, and global contexts. The firstgeneration and immigrant students selected for the Discover USA program represent a new Germany that is experiencing a spike in immigration. As they bond with each other and acknowledge their differences, they also affirm their German identity, and compare their feelings of inner versus outer identity with the ways that they are perceived by U.S. students. Similarly, U.S. students on the Discover Germany program are members of a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority or are first-generation college students. Whereas they see primarily their differences before the travel experience, once they are in Germany they also grapple with the dissonance between how they see themselves and how others perceive them. 13 The Discover Germany program brings German students who are immigrants or firstgeneration citizens to study at the University of Kentucky. http://www.iie.org/heiskellawards http://www.naylornetwork.com/iie-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Spring 2012

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series: Renu Khator, University of Houston
Overcoming “Publish or Perish”: Fostering Faculty Engagement in Internationalization through Tenure Codes and Other Employment Policies
Engaging Science Faculty in Internationalization: Teaching Innovations at UW-Madison
Early-College Study Abroad: A Gateway for Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
Promoting Engagement in Curriculum Internationalization
The International Network of Universities (INU): The Consortium for Global Citizenship
Ten Elements of Faculty Involvement in Global Engagement
Building an Interculturally Competent Faculty
A Shrinking World with Expanding Visions: Faculty as Key Players in Internationalization
China’s Policies on Overseas Faculty Recruitment
Overcoming the “American Bubble”: The Norwegian Partnership Programme (PPNA) for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America
Advertisers Index
IIE Program Profi le: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Occasional Lecturer Fund

IIE Network - Spring 2012