In recognition of their extraordinary global engagement efforts, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has named Arizona State University; the University of California, San Diego; The Ohio State University; and the University of Minnesota as finalists for its inaugural 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 2016 APLU Annual Meeting November 13-15 in Austin, Texas.
Arizona State University (ASU) is forging a new role for higher education in the world by prioritizing university-wide engagement with people and issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Now among the top 5 schools for international students and in the top 25 for study abroad, ASU offers opportunities for international collaboration, research and development, innovation, and professional enrichment. From scientific discovery and business development to global management, ASU’s students, world-class programs, faculty, and global engagement reflect the issues it cares about and real-world impact it hopes to provide in our increasingly global community.
ASU’s commitment to global engagement is embedded in its charter, design aspirations, and culture. Inclusivity is a foundational and deeply-embraced value at ASU and its commitment to empowering all students is also highlighted in its charter.
Through innovative solutions, ASU has made notable strides in empowering all students with individualized and easily accessible global engagement opportunities. Of the top 25 top institutions hosting international students, ASU demonstrated the largest percent increase in its international student population in 2014-2015 — with international enrollment growth of more than 30 percent from the previous year. ASU students can immerse themselves in more than 250 international learning experiences in over 80 countries. ASU also currently ranks as the top producer of Fulbright scholars among research institutions, with 10 awards to faculty members for 2015-2016. In addition, ASU ranks fifth among research institutions in producing the highest number of Fulbright scholarships to students, and ranks among the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers.