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Ohio State a finalist for APLU Global Learning, Research & Engagement Award

The Ohio State University is one of four finalists for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ inaugural institutional award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The award recognizes institutions as innovators in their comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses. Arizona State University, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota also are finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2016 APLU Annual Meeting November 13-15 in Austin, Texas.

“Ohio State’s motto, 'Education for Citizenship,' has long since expanded to preparing our students for their place in, and their contributions to, the global community. We deeply appreciate being among the four national finalists of the APLU’s inaugural award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to and institutional evidence of a core set of criteria: empowering all students through global learning; addressing global problems through scientific and scholarly efforts; fostering an international culture throughout the campus including a broad range of internal and external stakeholders; and measuring progress and assessing impact across the institution.

“We are honored to be recognized for our internationalization efforts across all aspects of the institution,” said William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “We are committed to providing our students with opportunities to become informed global citizens, and we remain immersed in the innovative research that address today’s global challenges.”

Over the last seven years, Ohio State created an institutional framework that has strengthened internationalization efforts and expanded the university’s global reach. The university launched the Global Option, a curriculum enhancement program that helps undergraduates acquire international knowledge through coursework integrated into their majors. Ohio State is ranked 7th in the number of students studying abroad with participation increasing 51 percent in the last four years. Scholars are making discoveries and creating new technologies that address society’s critical issues, including identifying new and renewable energy sources, meeting the global demand for sufficient and secure food supplies, overcoming disease and maximizing health and well-being.

Ohio State also broadened its international connections with the opening of Global Gateways, liaison offices in Shanghai, Mumbai and São Paulo, as well as through partnerships with institutions abroad that have resulted in additional grant and funding opportunities, new research collaborations, and the development of dual degree programs.