IN THE SPOTLIGHT
College of Engineering wins award for innovation in international education
The University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science has been a campus leader in creating new international offerings for students, including student exchanges, dual degrees, certificate programs and study abroad opportunities.
The college’s efforts are receiving national attention from the International Institute of Education, which has selected the engineering college for an Honorable Mention for the 2010 Andrew Heiskell Award in the “Internationalizing the Campus” category, a special focus on engineering programs this year. The award, which recognizes innovation in international education, will be presented in New York City on March 19.
Building a Global Crossroads and Learning for a Diverse World are among the main initiatives of CU-Boulder’s Flagship 2030 strategic plan, and the College of Engineering has led the campus in initiating new international exchanges, dual degree programs and research partnerships with international universities over the last year.
“We recognize that engineering is a global endeavor and we have expanded our international programming in a variety of ways to meet the needs of students and faculty,” said engineering Dean Robert Davis. “We are both educating engineers who are prepared to work in an international environment and helping faculty to collaborate on international projects that will benefit global society.”
The award recognizes the college for the breadth of its international initiatives that include:
In addition to the programs mentioned above, the number of CU-Boulder engineering students studying abroad rose to an all-time high of 46 in 2008-09, a number that is likely to climb higher with expanded opportunities and the support of college advisors, according to Kim Kreutzer of the Office of International Education.
“International programs and activities for engineering students and faculty continue to grow because there is continued demand for collaboration to solve the world’s problems. Today’s engineer is truly a global engineer,” said Sherry Snyder, who coordinates international programs for the college and advises students on opportunities.
Twenty to 30 years ago, engineering students were discouraged from studying abroad because it would slow their progress toward getting a degree, but new programs now allow engineering students to take required courses abroad, and if they plan well, to graduate on schedule.
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