In recognition of their extraordinary global engagement efforts, APLU named the University of Calgary; Michigan State University; Queen’s University; and the University of Washington finalists for its Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The award recognizes institutions at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses. The winner will be announced during the 2017 APLU Annual Meeting November 12-14 in Washington, DC. In this first in a four-part series, APLU spotlights the University of Calgary for its efforts to deepen global learning, research, and engagement.
The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is working to become a global intellectual hub through the international strategy it launched in 2013. Leveraging the four pillars of its international strategy: diversity, cross-cultural competencies, partnerships and international development, UCalgary has delivered tremendous results and outcomes linked to the success of its strategy.
The effort has included launching Global Research Initiatives and sites in China and Mexico with more than $57 million in external funding, delivering international development projects, developing collaborative degree models and increased funding commitment to enhance international learning experience. UCalgary undergraduates are studying abroad at a rate 55 percent higher than their peers, according to Universities Canada data.
UCalgary researchers are also currently undertaking international engagement projects in Tanzania to improve maternal and child health (with over $12 million funding); in Bangladesh to prevent poisoning from well water contaminated by high levels of arsenic; and in Guyana to establish a cardiac intensive care unit and train nurses and physicians.
Learn more about the other APLU Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, & Engagement finalists