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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.

Each year, one Platinum winner of the APLU Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research and Engagement will be selected.  In addition, APLU may award 1-3 “Gold Awards” for excellence in one or several of the four evaluation criteria for this award. The Award winner and Gold awardees will celebrated at the 2019 Annual Meeting, November 10-12, in San Diego, CA.

Please check back here in March of 2020 to submit a nomination for next year's award. 

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 Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean for the International Programs at the University of Minnesota for providing leadership to the 2018 award design committee.  We also wish to express our appreciation to the 2018 committee members for volunteering their time and expertise in support of this effort.  The committee included: Susan Bender, University of California, Irvine, David Di Maria, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Rick Lee, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Janaka Ruwanpura, University of Calgary.

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 Tag Demment, Vice President for International Programs at

Previous Award Winners

2018 Platinum Winner - Florida State University
In recognition of its extraordinary global engagement efforts, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named Florida State University the winner of Platinum Level of its 2018 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The Platinum Level of the award recognizes institutions at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses. The University of Alberta, Arizona State University, and the University of South Carolina were all recognized for their internationalization efforts as recipients of Gold Level Awards. The Gold Level award recognizes institutions that have excelled in one dimension of internationalization.

2017: University of Calgary
The University of Calgary 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 – the University of Calgary made vital strides in internationalizing its campus. 

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.