Univ of MN wins APLU's inaugural Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, & Engagemen

A Time to Celebrate Our Global University

This week is International Education Week, a time to recognize and celebrate all that we do together across the University of Minnesota system to connect and engage with students, faculty, and staff in international teaching, learning, and research at home and abroad.

Coming one week after an historic presidential election in this country, International Education Week is an opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to continued international engagement on campus, in our state, and around the world. The work we do together is important to our future and to the development of our future global leaders. Regardless of political leanings, we can all agree that cross-cultural understanding is critical to a prosperous and peaceful future; each of us has responsibility to do more rather than less.

Coincidentally, this week I was at the annual conference of the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities (APLU). I'm pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota was honored with APLU's inaugural Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement, proudly accepted by Provost Karen Hanson at a ceremony on Sunday. I took part in a show-and-tell session to present "lessons learned" in our path to comprehensive internationalization. I am proud to represent all of you and our collective successes.

Once again, the University of Minnesota has had a busy start to the 2016-17 academic year:

The Twin Cities campus again ranks in the top 20 nationally for both learning abroad participation and international student enrollment in the annual Open Doors report, released yesterday.

Thirteen of the 29 newly funded Grand Challenges research grants include an international component and were supported with additional funding through International Enhancement Grants from the GPS Alliance.

The biannual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference on September 30 -- attended by 300 faculty, staff, and students from all five campuses -- focused on how the University of Minnesota is preparing global-ready students to address society's grand challenges.

Our Learning Abroad Center is making plans to host the 5th annual Diversity Abroad Conference in March, continuing the University's strong history of leadership in providing all students with learning opportunities abroad.

Nearly 1,000 language teachers and researchers from 39 states and 20 countries attended the 6th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education, hosted in Minneapolis by the University's Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.

With all of this, and more that wasn't mentioned, it should not be surprising that we are receiving the award from APLU, and yet we all know there is always more to be done. Fortunately, we in the GPS Alliance love what we do and appreciate our many partners, colleagues, and friends on campus and around the world. I want to take this time during International Education Week to thank you for all that you do. It is my great privilege to work with you and on behalf of the University of Minnesota in our quest to successfully and completely internationalize. I look forward to another productive year working toward our shared goal of making the University of Minnesota a truly global university.

Meredith McQuaid
Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs

The University of Minnesota is the winner of APLU's inaugural Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement—recognizing the U as an institution at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize the campus. In addition, Open Doors released rankings showing the U of M near the top among universities in the nation in the number of students who study abroad, as well as the number of international students hosted at the University.

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