By Rebecca Keister
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – Providence College was one of eight United States higher education institutions honored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the U.S. Departments of State and Education for efforts in expanding global education experiences.
PC received a 2012 Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award for its global studies program, which requires students to study abroad, become fluent in a second language and complete extensive community service requirements over their four-year education.
The award highlighted the interdisciplinary program that requires collaboration between faculty from the business school, social work, philosophy, foreign language, and sociology departments.
All winning schools were honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 13 during International Education Week. The awards were driven from the association’s Internationalizing the Campus 2012: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities report, which showcases efforts to better prepare college students for a global economy through international curriculum, enhanced access to study abroad programs, and integrating international students into campuses.
The University of Arizona and Washington and Jefferson College also received spotlight awards given for innovative work in a specific are related to international education.
Five colleges received the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization: College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, Juniata College, Northern Arizona University, San Francisco State University, and University of Michigan.
The report was underwritten by Hobsons, Inc., an education solutions company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The awards are named after the late Sen. Paul Simon, a democrat from Illinois, who advocated for international education including efforts that helped led to the creation of the National Security Education Program.