ACE Receives IIE Centennial Medal for Contributions to International Education
February 03, 2020

The Institute of International Education (IIE), founded in 1919, last week celebrated its 100th anniversary by recognizing key partners in their mission to build a more peaceful and equitable world through academic and cultural exchange. Brad Farnsworth, ACE vice president for global engagement, was on hand at the Jan. 29 ceremony to accept the IIE Centennial Medal on behalf of ACE.

The medal was awarded to a select few organizations and individuals who have contributed to the field of international education through government service, leadership in academic exchange and global mobility, philanthropic excellence, and corporate support for advancement of international education and relations.


Brad Farnsworth (left) accepts the IIE Centennial Medal on behalf of ACE from Maxmillian Angerholzer III, executive vice president of IIE (right).

“ACE is honored to receive this medal,” said Farnsworth. “In an increasingly globalized society, international education is more important than ever, and we are proud to work alongside organizations like IIE to advance our shared vision of a world connected by education and mutual understanding.”

Robin Helms, deputy chief innovation officer and principal internationalization strategist at ACE, also received the medal as an individual for her involvement in the Council for International Exchange of Scholars Advisory Board at IIE. Helms accepted her award in summer 2019.

Internationalization and global engagement are core components of ACE’s work, expressed through a number of program offerings, research, advocacy efforts, and partnerships. Major initiatives include the Internationalization Laboratory, a major research study produced every five years on “Mapping Internationalization across U.S. Campuses,” and efforts to keep institutions apprised of a proposed change to how they must report foreign gifts and contracts to the federal government.