CIC Universities Win 2014 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization

Mar 04, 2014
The Ohio State University and Rutgers University will receive the 2014 NAFSA "Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization" for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses.  

Named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois and administered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Simon Awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization. The 2014 Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches to campus internationalization, both in terms of models and implementation. "Comprehensive internationalization" is the planned, strategic integration of international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of higher education. To be fully successful, it must involve active and responsible engagement of the academic community in global networks and partnerships.

Senator Simon was a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his robust support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and for his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens' knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the proposed Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act. For more information about the Simon bill, visit

Institutions selected for the internationalization awards this year will be featured in NAFSA's report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall, and honored at an event in Washington, D.C. during International Education Week. To learn more about the Senator Paul Simon Awards, visit