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Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement

The APLU Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement recognizes public universities excelling in their efforts to drive an inclusive and comprehensive approach to global engagement, research, and learning.

The application period for the 2017 award closed on June 9, 2017. The finalists and winner of the award will be recognized at the 2017 APLU Annual Meeting, November 12-14, in Washington, DC. The 2018 award application period will open in early spring of 2018.

As an organization bringing together North America’s public research universities, APLU is committed to public service, to providing access to a high-quality global education for all students, and to tackling global problems. APLU believes every student in North America must have multiple opportunities for global learning. Global learning is an essential element of higher education in the 21st Century – helping students to imagine different futures and the role they can play in creating a fair and sustainable world.   It is also increasingly key to competitiveness in the global economy. 

The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to and institutional evidence of:

  • Inclusivity—the degree to which the institution is committed to and successful in empowering all students through global learning;
  • Internationalization of Research and Engagement—the degree to which the institution is committed to the internationalization of research and engagement.;
  • Leadership and Pervasiveness—the degree to which the institution’s leadership (at the president/chancellor or provost level) has made internationalization a priority for the institution and the degree to which internationalization pervades the culture across campus; and
  • Assessment—the degree to which the institution is committed to measuring progress and impact of internationalization across the institution.

APLU thanks Dr. Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis for providing leadership to the 2016 and 2017 award design committee.  We also wish to express our appreciation to the 2017 committee members for volunteering their time and expertise in support of this effort.  The committee included: Steven Duke, University of Nebraska, Ahmad Ezzeddine, Wayne State University, Meredith McQuaid, University of Minnesota, and Jim Scott, University of Missouri.

APLU hopes every institution that is striving to comprehensively and inclusively internationalize its campus will consider applying for the APLU Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement so APLU can honor your work and share it with other public universities as we continue to encourage internationalization efforts across campuses. If you have any questions, please contact Anne-Claire Hervy, APLU’s Associate Vice President for International Development and Programs, at

Previous Award Winners

2016: University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota established a wide-ranging internationalization effort that spans the entire institution – from international students and study abroad to research projects and curriculum design.  


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