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IUPUI Receives Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization


March 15, 2011

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NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced today the five winners of the Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, as well as the three institutions being recognized with the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. Together these awards comprise the 2011 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization.

The five winners of the Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization reflect the broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today, both in terms of models and implementation. These include capitalizing on the geographic setting of the institution; making creative use of available institutional and community resources for both traditional and innovative initiatives; and building on long-standing commitments to international education or taking advantage of a more recent interest in the global community.

The announcement said Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has capitalized on strong international exchange partnerships to create a campus-wide strategic partnership model. With a largely non-traditional student population, IUPUI has created a culture on its Indiana campus that allows the campus and wider community to engage the world.

Named for the late Senator Paul Simon, (D–Ill.), these awards recognize outstanding and innovative efforts in campus internationalization. Sen. Simon was well known as a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his robust support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and in his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens' knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.

The Simon Act is a congressional initiative to greatly expand study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates. The bill has had strong bipartisan support in past sessions of Congress, and carries the endorsement of nearly fifty higher education and international education organizations. Read more about the Simon bill at

The institutions selected for internationalization awards this year will be featured in NAFSA's report Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall. The awardees will also be recognized on June 3, 2011 at the International Plenary and Luncheon during NAFSA's 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver.