North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is among five Amer­ican uni­ver­si­ties to receive the 2010 Sen­ator Paul Simon Award for Campus Inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion. The honor, given by NAFSA: Asso­ci­a­tion of Inter­na­tional Edu­ca­tors, rec­og­nizes Northeastern’s expan­sion into global edu­ca­tion and research.

In recent years, North­eastern has devel­oped a series of inter­na­tional ini­tia­tives that strengthen its renowned co-​​op pro­gram. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pating in global expe­ri­en­tial learning and research pro­grams, including co-​​op, study abroad, Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions and Engi­neers Without Bor­ders, are in 52 coun­tries on all continents.

In our rapidly changing world, stu­dents need to become inquis­i­tive, life-​​long learners with a global per­spec­tive,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern. “Higher edu­ca­tion today must be driven by the mis­sion to pre­pare stu­dents to suc­ceed in a global economy and become engaged mem­bers of a global society.”

Named for the late Sen­ator Paul Simon, a strong sup­porter of inter­na­tional edu­ca­tion and for­eign lan­guage learning, the award rec­og­nizes overall excel­lence in campus inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion through out­standing and inno­v­a­tive efforts. Win­ners of the award have demon­strated achieve­ments across areas, including; insti­tu­tional com­mit­ment to inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion through funding and part­ner­ships; research and fac­ulty exchange with a global scope; cur­ric­ular and pro­gram­matic ini­tia­tives that engage stu­dents in global learning oppor­tu­ni­ties; and alumni and com­mu­nity engage­ment in inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion efforts.

As part of receiving the award, North­eastern will be pro­filed in Inter­na­tional Edu­cator mag­a­zine and in NAFSA’s annual report, “Inter­na­tion­al­izing the Campus: Pro­files of Suc­cess at Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties,” which will include exem­plary prac­tices and model approaches demon­strating major trends in inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion on U.S. campuses.

The other uni­ver­si­ties rec­og­nized along with North­eastern for their overall excel­lence in campus inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion are: Carnegie Mellon Uni­ver­sity; Hobart & William Smith Col­leges; Loyola Uni­ver­sity; and the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco. Pre­vious win­ners include Yale Uni­ver­sity, UCLA,Georgia Insti­tute of Tech­nology, and Duke University.