By Erin Roberts
The Global Leadership Center in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication has received an honorable mention for International Exchange Partnerships in the eighth annual Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The Heiskell Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the United Nations on March 19 as part of IIE’s fourth annual Best Practices Conference for campus professionals.
The awards, given in the categories of Internationalizing the Campus, International Exchange Partnerships and Study Abroad, were established to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives being conducted in international higher education among the members of IIENetwork, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,000 institutions.
The honorable mention recognizes a collaboration between Ohio University and the University of Liberia in West Africa. The GLC partnered students and faculty from Ohio University with those at the University of Liberia’s nascent Microfinance Training Program to conduct research on microfinance-lending best practices.
“This is really good news,” said GLC Director Greg Emery. “The GLC will now be on the national and international stage, featured as one of America’s best and most creative and innovative higher education international programs. It’s like being nominated for an Oscar for ‘best performance.’”
The GLC is housed in the Scripps College of Communication, but is open to all Ohio University students. The program offers a two-year undergraduate certificate that prepares students to become lifelong learners in order to serve as internationally minded, skilled, attuned, professional and experienced leaders in commercial, governmental, nongovernmental and educational fields. The GLC certificate is a curricular and co-curricular program that enhances other disciplines.
“This is a tremendous honor and worthy recognition of one of our strongest and most innovative programs,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Greg Shepherd. “The Scripps College takes special pride in the off-campus, hands-on experiences it provides students, and the GLC is a particularly powerful provider of such experiences.”
IIE President Allan E. Goodman believes the awards help to make the nation’s campuses better global citizens.
“By recognizing excellence and innovation, the institute hopes to promote a comprehensive range of efforts to make college campuses more international,” Goodman said. “The programs recognized by IIE with this year’s Heiskell Awards represent the best practices in internationalization. We hope these will encourage and inspire other campuses to better prepare their students to be active global citizens.”
Profiles of this year’s winning programs are available on the “Best Practices” resource of the IIENetwork Web site. This site, which showcases more than 50 winning programs and honorable mention recipients from the eight years of awards, is intended to serve as a resource and inspiration for the international educational community worldwide. The programs also will be featured in the Spring 2009 issue of the IIENetworker magazine and highlighted by IIE as the best practices in the field of international education throughout the year.
The awards are named for the late Andrew Heiskell, a longtime member of IIE’s Board of Trustees, a former chairman of Time Inc., a renowned philanthropist and a passionate supporter of international education. They have been endowed by a gift from Marian Sulzberger Heiskell.