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Category 1: Leaders in Internationalization through Technology

December 30, 1899


​This award will recognize institutions that have formed structures, policies, and practices that capitalize on the affordances of technology to advance and support internationalization efforts and that can demonstrate the impact these have had on the development of students’ global competencies. An articulated institutional commitment along with the proper administrative structure and staffing, the deep involvement of faculty, and supportive policies and practices are key indicators of a campus’s success at achieving a higher level of comprehensive internationalization; this award adds the effective use of technology to this list.


The most competitive entries will demonstrate evidence of:

  • An articulated institutional commitment to use technology to advance internationalization. This may include a comprehensive internationalization planning document that references the use of technology, or an internationalization initiative put forward by a senior academic officer or senior international officer in which technology plays a key role.
  • Administrative structures and allocation of resources that support the use of technology for purposes of increasing the institution’s global engagement and students’ opportunities to acquire global competence.
  • The direct involvement of faculty in the use of technology to embed internationalization in the curriculum.
  • Innovative ways of using technology. Ways in which the institution has leveraged technologies to enhance global collaboration and student learning for global competence.
  • A demonstrated institutional commitment to measuring student learning related to global knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a result of initiatives that use technology for internationalization purposes.
  • Sustainability. How the institution is seeking to ensure that this work will remain a supported, long-term initiative.
  • Scalability. Proof of efforts that have been made to support the increase and expansion of the use of technology to support internationalization over time.

Winning institutions will receive cash prizes in recognition of their leadership in this field. The number of institutions awarded and the value of the cash prize will be determined based on the number and quality of submissions received. Awards are estimated to be approximately $5000. Presidents or Chief Academic Officers of winning institutions will be invited to the 2014 ACE Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA, March 8-11, 2014) to receive their award. A $500 stipend per institution will be issued to support travel costs.

Additionally, information about the winning initiatives in this category will be disseminated on ACE’s website providing ideas and examples that other institutions can adopt in order for using technology to advance internationalization efforts.


As ACE is the association that represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions including two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities, all ACE member institutions are encouraged to apply. Eligibility is limited to U.S. member institutions and state consortia, with the recognition that international partner institutions are key to achieving the goals of using technology to internationalize and must be deeply engaged for these awards to fully bear fruit. All ACE members are invited to submit one proposal. You are not eligible to enter submissions in both categories.


Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 11, 2013.

Selection Process:  

A panel of experts in international education and information technology will review submissions to assist with the selection of winners. Winners will be notified by late January 2014 and will be presented their awards at ACE’s Annual Meeting being held March 8-11, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Conference registration is waived and a $500 travel stipend per institution will be provided. 

Any forthcoming award is made possible as the result of funding from Asahi Net, not ACE, and is therefore subject to the availability of funds. Moreover, this call for applications does not constitute an offer to contract nor does it create an obligation of any kind on the part ofACE. ACE assumes no liability for any costs or expenses incurred by you in preparing or modifying your proposal.

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