SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning Attracts 300 Participants to 7th Annual Conference

March 18, 2015

New York City – The State University of New York Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) will hold its 7th annual conference this week, with the theme: The Expanding Landscape of COIL Practitioners, Networks, and Hubs: What’s Next? This year’s conference has attracted a record 300 participants from over 120 institutions at SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices.

A program agenda is available online. The conference is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:          March 19-20

Location:   SUNY Global Center
                  116 East 55th Street
                  New York, NY

Webcast:  Registration Required

About the SUNY COIL Center
The SUNY COIL Center, located in New York City, supports and develops online international learning environments for students who otherwise may not have the resources or ability to study abroad, and create awareness in all students of the value of global engagement. The Center currently works with 24 SUNY campuses through its Nodal Network and with 18 international institutions through its Global Partner Network, enabling SUNY faculty to co-teach courses with faculty in other countries using online tools, connecting students at both institutions in meaningful intercultural exchanges.

Founded in 2006, the Center is a leader in the emerging field of collaborative online international learning (also called virtual exchange), a teaching and learning methodology which provides innovative and cost-effective internationalization strategies. The Center is a unit of the Office of Global Affairs and also works closely with Open SUNY to embed COIL-enhanced courses into the system’s Open SUNY+ programs, which bring online degree and certificate programs to a much wider audience. For more information please visit:

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three 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 opportunities, visit

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