NAFSA Recognizes Five U.S. Higher Education Institutions for Excellence in Campus Internationalization

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Today NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced that five US universities and colleges have been selected to receive senators in 2022 Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Award. Named after the deceased senator Paul Simon with IllinoisThe NAFSA Simon Awards recognize outstanding innovations and advances in the internationalization of the campus identified by NAFSA as conscious efforts to integrate and integrate international, intercultural and global dimensions into the spirit and educational outcomes of its students. This year marks the 20thth the anniversary of the annual awards program, and today’s announcement marks the start of NAFSA’s annual study on how campus internationalization has evolved over that time.

“This year’s awards mark both creative responses to the recent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and long-established programs that are true standards in the field of international education,” he said. Esther D. Brimer, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA. “We congratulate all five recipients for their commitment to the participation of all students in the pursuit of global education. She is now 20th This year’s Simon NAFSA Awards continue to serve as an inspiring demonstration of how international education is constantly evolving to promote greater understanding and respect among students of diverse backgrounds and to create leaders prepared for a globally connected future. ”

The Simon Award for Full Internationalization features overall excellence in integrating international education in all aspects of universities and colleges. In 2022, the Simon Prize for Full Internationalization received:

  • Lake County CollegeGracelake, Illinois
  • Kent State UniversityKent, Ohio

The Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award recognizes a specific program or initiative that promotes internationalization on campus. The winners of Senator Paul Simon’s Spotlight Award 2022 are:

  • Marist CollegePoughkeepsie, New York
    • Freshman program abroad
  • Northeastern UniversityBoston, Massachusetts
    • Global Cooperative Education Program
  • Northwestern UniversityEvanston, Illinois
    • Global Engagement Studies Institute

Institutions selected to participate in the Simon Awards will be presented in the NAFSA report, Campus Internationalization: Profiles of Success in Colleges and Universities, which will be published this fall and honored during virtual and personal programming as part of the annual NAFSA 2022 conference and exhibition this spring. To learn more about Senator Paul Simon’s NAFSA awards, visit

Sample tweet: Congratulations to the winners of NAFSA #SimonAward 2022. Thank you for your great work in internationalizing campuses in the United States and strengthening global ties. @CLCIllinois @KentState @Marist @Northeast @NorthwesternU. More at

About NAFSA: Serving more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide, NAFSA: The Association of International Educators is the largest non-profit association engaged in international education and exchange. Visit us at To learn more about our efforts to promote international education, visit Resources to help our members on these issues can be found at

SOURCE NAFSA: Association of International Educators


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