Binghamton University Jointly Awarded Prestigious International Institute Recognition
Binghamton University, a major participant in the State University of New York's dual-diploma program model with Turkey, has been jointly awarded the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for International Exchange Partnerships this week from the Institute of International Education.
The dual-diploma program, offered at several SUNY colleges and universities, won the award for International Exchange Partnerships, which recognizes institutions for developing innovative and effective collaborative programs with counterparts abroad. The International Exchange Partnerships award is new for 2006-07 and SUNY is the inaugural winner.
Binghamton University has played a central role in the dual-diploma program’s success, enrolling more Turkish students and offering more areas of study to them than any of the other six participating SUNY campuses. Approximately 380 students are currently enrolled in the dual-program at Binghamton University, pursuing studies in information systems, global and international affairs, and management.
“I am very pleased that the Institute of International Education has recognized SUNY and Binghamton for our efforts,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “The dual-diploma program brings tremendous value to our campus particularly because of our students’ interest in global affairs. Binghamton has a long history of faculty and student relationships with Turkish universities. We have built on these interactions to have the largest dual diploma program in SUNY.”
Students typically spend freshman and junior years at their home campus and their sophomore and senior years abroad. The program exposes the students to two cultures and two educational systems.
"SUNY's dual-diploma program greatly enhances the nature and quality of the education we are able to offer and the diversity of the student body on our campuses,” SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan said. “SUNY's dual diploma program with Turkey has become a model for how we wish to work with other countries in our effort to globalize our campuses."
Students enrolled in the dual-diploma program must fulfill the academic requirements of their SUNY and Turkish institutions and as a result receive a diploma from each school.
The dual-diploma programs were offered through the Turkish Higher Education Council placement exam for the first time in 2003 and the first class will graduate this year.