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Northwestern Recognized for International Initiative

Partnership with Paris wins honorable mention from Institute of International Education
  • Northwestern’s institutional partnership with Sciences Po earns national honor    
  • Student exchange program serves as model for international partnership 
  • Sciences Po program created framework for other Northwestern programs abroad
  • Award showcases most successful international programs in practice today  

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Institute of International Education (IIE) recognized the success of Northwestern University’s institutional partnership with Sciences Po in Paris at its annual awards ceremony in California this past weekend.

Northwestern’s International Program Development is among nine winners of the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

The awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among member campuses of the IIE Network. IIE’s membership association consists of more than 1,400 higher education institutions. 

The Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad and international partnership programs in practice today. A particular emphasis is placed on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and promote international teaching and learning on campus.

This year’s awards highlight nine initiatives: five campuses will receive the Heiskell Award, and four more will be recognized with honorable mentions. Northwestern will receive an honorable mention in the International Partnerships category.

Other winners include Florida International University, Case Western Reserve University, Temple University, the University of Illinois at Urbana in Champaign, the University of Iowa, Sacred Heart University, State University of New York at Oswego and Tennessee State University.

Northwestern’s partnership with Sciences Po is a pillar of the University’s globalization strategy: multidimensional partnerships with foreign institutions that can expand and deepen over time.

The partnership began with student exchanges and a joint study abroad program on European Union studies, followed by public health and critical theory programs that admit students from both partner campuses.

The universities then developed dual Ph.D. and faculty exchanges in several disciplines, resulting in research collaborations, joint conferences and the recent development of joint programs in law and integrated marketing communications (Medill).

The creation of specially-designed, thematic Northwestern study abroad programs at Sciences Po created an international infrastructure for programs abroad, which allowed for the development of similar programs in Mexico, South Africa and China. 

This led other departments to explore possibilities in their own disciplines, resulting in expanded opportunities (exchanges and specially-designed programs) in engineering, global health, medicine, economic and political development, and environmental studies.

IIE will present the award at a March 11 ceremony as part of its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals held this year at the University of California, Davis.