ACE, SUNY Announce Technology Awards to Enhance Internationalization and Global Competence

August 20, 2013

Washington, DC — The American Council on Education (ACE) and the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) today announced the creation of an awards program to recognize and promote the use of technology to enhance institutional internationalization and global competence of students at U.S. colleges and universities.

The awards, which are sponsored by Asahi Net International (ANI), will highlight innovative programs and approaches in two categories: Leaders in Internationalization Through Technology, which will recognize established programs; and Advancing Internationalization Through Collaborative Online International Learning, which will recognize and offer support for emerging initiatives.

ACE and SUNY COIL are conducting a national call for submissions from institutions from now until November 11, 2013. For more information about the award criteria and submission process, click here.

"Innovations in technology provide exciting opportunities for bringing global learning to our increasingly diverse student population and can help spur institutional internationalization," said Patti McGill Peterson, ACE's presidential advisor for global initiatives. "We appreciate the generous support of ANI for these awards, which will highlight the crucial role of technology in helping shape higher education internationalization."

"Allowing students to virtually experience higher education abroad without leaving campus is a deeply innovative concept that is taking shape and putting down roots across the U.S. and internationally," said SUNY's Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. "The increasing popularity of new media and other online technologies, coupled with a challenging economy that may limit the affordability of travel abroad, has sparked great interest in COIL, which provides a viable alternative for students who want to engage the world and experience international learning."

"We are thrilled to be part of this innovative award program that empowers higher education institutions' globalization efforts," said Takashi (Take) Takekawa, president and CEO of ANI. "We believe that internationalization of educational institutions is one of the most pressing and crucial needs in the society, and we feel honored to take part in such an important initiative."

The winners in the Leaders in Internationalization Through Technology category will receive cash prizes of about $5,000 each and will be announced at ACE's 96th Annual Meeting, March 8-11, 2014, in San Diego, CA.

The winners in the Advancing Internationalization Through Collaborative Online International Learning category will receive training and support from the SUNY COIL Center to launch globally networked courses that involve an online collaboration with an international partner institution. Recipients of this award will be announced at the 6th annual COIL conference, March 20-21, 2014, at the SUNY Global Center in New York City.

About the SUNY COIL Center
Founded in 2006, the SUNY COIL Center, a unit of SUNY Global, is a leader in the emerging field of collaborative online international learning (also called virtual exchange). This is a teaching and learning methodology which provides innovative and cost-effective internationalization strategies. COIL programs foster faculty and student exchange with peers abroad through co-taught multicultural online and blended learning environments emphasizing experiential collaboration. They also serve as portals for SUNY students considering study abroad or for international students considering study at SUNY. For more information please visit: http://coil.suny.edu.

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

About ANI
Asahi Net International ("ANI") is a technology company that delivers teaching and learning systems that empower educators and students to extend and reinvent education. With its mission "bringing innovation to education", ANI's teams in New York and Scottsdale engage in delivering technology solutions that address the specific needs of higher education institutions and bringing the global community of educators closer to enhance students' learning experiences around the world. For more information, please visit www.anisakai.com.

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About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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