SELINSGROVE— Susquehanna University, a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, has managed to internationalize its campus in just a few short years and claim a prestigious award for its accomplishments. The university has won the 2013 Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus, presented by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in recognition of Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities (GO) program and other related initiatives.
The Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education, in five categories, among more than 1,100 IIE-member campuses. Susquehanna’s innovative programs help students achieve a high level of cultural competency that is critical for success in today’s diverse and interconnected world.
University representatives will accept the award March 22 at a ceremony in New York City during IIE’s annual Best Practices in Internationalization conference for campus professionals. Award winners will also have the opportunity to present program information at the conference so that other interested colleges can learn from their experience and adapt innovative internationalization strategies and models to their own campuses.
The GO program requires all Susquehanna students to spend at least two weeks off campus immersed in a culture different from their own. Their time away is followed by a credit-bearing, critical reflection course on the experience when they return to campus. Currently students can choose from among more than 100 GO options, including Travel Writing in South Africa, Sherpa Life and Culture in Nepal, Focus Australia, and a Central America Service Adventure at mission sites in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, to name a few.
“This year’s winners have developed new approaches to extending more international opportunities to a broader segment of their student populations,” said IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “We appreciate the winners’ commitment to expanding access to study abroad and building partnerships.”