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Binghamton marked as model in internationalization

For the second time in four years, Binghamton University has been recognized for outstanding achievements in the internationalization of its campus with a designation as one of five institutions nationally where an international perspective permeates the institutional culture.

The award, presented by NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, was included in the project Internationalizing the Campus 2004: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities and is also sponsored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

The four other institutions recognized with the award are Bellevue Community College in Washington, Duke University, St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Eight additional institutions were selected to be spotlighted in the report for specific programs or areas that demonstrate significant strengths in the internationalization arena.

Katharine Krebs, director of international programs, said the recognition is particularly gratifying as a follow-up to the recognition the University received in 2000 from the American Council of Education, which designated Binghamton as one eight institutions nationally with “Promising Practices in Comprehensive Internationalization.”

Krebs said the nature of the NAFSA competition allowed BU to draw attention to new developments on the campus and in particular to showcase both the work that has been done in the divisions of Academic Affairs and Students Affairs.

“It is a recognition of the significant leadership from senior administrators of our institution and of the contributions of individuals across many departments and offices of the campus,” Krebs said.

“This is a national recognition, which marks the excellence of Binghamton’s comprehensive approach to internationalization,” said Ellen Badger, director of international student and scholar services. “Rather than having activities take place in a single or couple of offices, programs and activities involving international education permeate throughout the University.”

Badger credited the University’s success to the synergies developed between offices and departments throughout campus. For example, she said, English Conversation Pairs, sponsored by English as a Second Language and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, operates programs that provide informal opportunities for non-native English speakers to practice the language with native speakers. The University’s International Student Festival weekend, held each fall, is also a highly attended event.

International enrollment at Binghamton continues to increase. The University has seen a 45 percent increase in international students since 1999 when 803 attended the University; 1,165 students were enrolled as of the fall semester.

“This award is also a tribute to our students who choose to take part in the rich offering in international education and the diversity of the Binghamton University campus,” said Rodger Summers, vice president for student affairs. “We will continue to work to strategically build upon this success in the future.” NAFSA: Association of International Educators promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States. The Association sets standards of good practice, provides professional education and training and promotes a forum for discussion of issues related to the implementation of international academic exchange.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08