When Ohio State received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization earlier this year, it was the culmination of the university’s efforts to develop programs, course work and outreach opportunities in Columbus, Ohio, and abroad. While “comprehensive internationalization” can seem like an abstract concept, it’s plain to see at Ohio State. There are a myriad ways in which Ohio State continues to enhance its global stature through its teaching, research and engagement mission. More international students are finding their way to Ohio State; students are studying abroad in record numbers; grants and scholarships are supporting research, language immersion programs, area studies and study abroad; international themes are integrated into the curriculum; and connections are made in regions throughout the world as a result of Ohio State's Global Gateways. View osu.edu to discover more about how Ohio State is growing globally.
The Ohio State University has been awarded three grants of up to $250,000 each as part of the Global Innovation Initiative, a new program funded by the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to foster multilateral research collaborations with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. Of the 23 university partnerships funded, Ohio State was awarded the most grants of any other institution.
The grants will fund new research, faculty exchanges, joint publications and symposia and other multilateral efforts. The total funding for these 23 partnership grants is approximately $5 million. In addition, the partner universities will support these projects with their own resources, such as use of laboratories, staff and faculty salaries, and private sector contributions valued at an estimated $7.08 million.
The Ohio State University has been selected to receive NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization which recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced through best practices in engagement, programming, curriculum/faculty development and outreach. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. The Simon Award is universally considered the most prestigious award for comprehensive internationalization in the U.S.
Over the past five years, Ohio State has focused on six specific international goals outlined by the President’s and Provost’s Council on Strategic Internationalization: increase the percentage of international faculty and students; promote scholarship on major global issues; create international dual degree programs; promote collaboration with alumni and Ohio’s international business ventures; develop an international physical presence; and increase international experiences for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.