UMN a finalist for inaugural award in global learning, research, engagement

August 10, 2016
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The University of Minnesota is named one of four finalists for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) inaugural Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The award recognizes institutions at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses. The winner will be announced during the 2016 APLU Annual Meeting November 13–15 in Austin, Texas.

“We are proud and honored to be a finalist for APLU’s inaugural Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. “The University of Minnesota is truly a global university. We are addressing the world’s global challenges not only in our laboratories, but also by preparing global-ready students—linking students with their peers around the globe and on our diverse campus, promoting language study and international travel, and fostering the critical thinking skills necessary to address world challenges. This is what will prepare our students to be the leaders of tomorrow, and this is what we embody at the U of M.”

The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to and institutional evidence of a core set of criteria:

  • Inclusivity — the degree to which the institution is committed to and successful in empowering all students through global learning;
  • Research and Engagement of Consequence — the degree to which the scientific, scholarly, and engagement efforts of the institution are directed to addressing pressing global problems;
  • Pervasiveness — the degree to which the institution has been successful in fostering a pervasive international culture across campus, including a broad range of internal and external stakeholders in the process of internationalization; and
  • Leadership and Measurement — the degree to which the institution’s leadership has made internationalization a priority for the institution and is measuring progress and impact across the institution.

Arizona State University; the University of California, San Diego; and The Ohio State University join the U of M as finalists for the award.

The nomination effort was led by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the central international office for the University of Minnesota system. For more information on the GPS Alliance, visit global.umn.edu.

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