ACE and the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) created an awards program in 2014 to recognize and promote the use of technology to enhance institutional internationalization and global competence of students at U.S. colleges and universities.
The awards, which were sponsored by Asahi Net International (ANI), highlighted innovative programs and approaches in two categories: Leaders in Internationalization Through Technology, which recognize established programs; and Advancing Internationalization Through Collaborative Online International Learning, which recognize and offer support for emerging initiatives.
The winners in the Advancing Internationalization Through Collaborative Online International Learning category received training and support from the SUNY COIL Center to launch globally networked courses that involved an online collaboration with an international partner institution. Recipients of this award were Fayetteville State University (NC), Glenville State College (WV), and Xavier University (OH). ).
Institutions were selected on the basis of their exceptional vision for and commitment to enhancing curricular internationalization through collaborative online learning. Faculty at each institution partnered with faculty at institutions in China, Peru, and Spain to jointly deliver at least two COIL courses during the 2014-15 academic year.
“Innovations in technology provide exciting opportunities for bringing global learning to our increasingly diverse student population and can help spur institutional internationalization,” said Patti McGill Peterson, ACE’s presidential advisor for global initiatives. “We appreciate the generous support of ANI for these awards, which will highlight the crucial role of technology in helping shape higher education internationalization.”
“Allowing students to virtually experience higher education abroad without leaving campus is a deeply innovative concept that is taking shape and putting down roots across the U.S. and internationally,” said SUNY’s Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “The increasing popularity of new media and other online technologies, coupled with a challenging economy that may limit the affordability of travel abroad, has sparked great interest in COIL, which provides a viable alternative for students who want to engage the world and experience international learning.”
“We are thrilled to be part of this innovative award program that empowers higher education institutions’ globalization efforts,” said Takashi (Take) Takekawa, president and CEO of ANI. “We believe that internationalization of educational institutions is one of the most pressing and crucial needs in the society, and we feel honored to take part in such an important initiative.”