Presidents and Provosts Circle

 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the premier international education association in the United States with 10,000 members from campuses and organization across all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The association provides international educators from student advisers to senior international officers and campus presidents a forum to engage on the changing landscape of higher education with an emphasis on strategic campus internationalization.

NAFSA leads the way in advocating for a better world through international education by partnering on strategic initiatives, such as President Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative and the 100,000 Strong in China initiative.

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaPresident Barack Obama drops by a meeting with CEOs on the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, at the Hotel Riu Plaza Panama in Panama City, Panama, April 10, 2015 (Official White House Photos by Pete Souza). Read Marlene M. Johnson’s personal account of the historic 2015 Summit of the Americas meeting.

NAFSA engages with campus presidents and provosts to advance the role of international education in producing globally competent graduates, creating cross-cultural learning environments, and international partnerships. NAFSA's programs for presidents and provosts support campus internationalization from the highest levels of campus leadership and allow presidents and chief academic officers to keep pace with the latest trends and 21st century challenges.

Events

Presidents Day at NAFSA 2017
May 31-June 1, 2017 | Los Angeles, California

This special event at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is intended for chief executive officers to discuss the strategic role of international education on campus and to build international institutional partnerships. Presidents Day is a private event that takes place against the backdrop of the NAFSA Annual Conference and provides a unique opportunity for presidents to engage on the latest challenges and opportunities in campus internationalization and network with campus presidents from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Find out more about the benefits of attending and registration.

Provosts Summit at NAFSA 2017
May 31-June 1, 2017 | Los Angeles, California

The Provosts Summit at NAFSA 2017 brings together chief academic officers to engage on the critical teaching and learning issues facing colleges and universities today. Presidents and provosts have the opportunity to come together to share their common strategies and priorities at the academic leadership reception, and then provosts spend the following day discussing the changing role of global learning and curricular strategies to prepare globally competent graduates.

Find out more about the benefits of attending and registration.

Presentation of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization during International Education Week
Reception and Presidential Panel | November 15, 2016
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

The Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization—especially those using innovative and creative approaches. The Simon Award Presidents Panel and Awards Ceremony and Reception is NAFSA’s premiere event during International Education Week and takes place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Simon Award Presidents Panel session brings together campus presidents to speak firsthand about their most successful internationalization efforts.

View the previous winners.

 

The NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

The Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization—especially those using innovative and creative approaches. The Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization is granted to a limited number of institutions each year—usually no more than five.

Winners are profiled in NAFSA's Internationalizing the Campus report. The report is designed as a tool for campus-based international educators to share with their institution's top leadership—and perhaps their trustees. Internationalizing the Campus documents and underscores the value of international education for audiences including NAFSA members and the international education community at large; national and international opinion leaders; policymakers; media; and business and industry.

Learn more about how to apply.

Strategic Initiatives

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to ensure that youth throughout the Western Hemisphere are prepared with the cross-cultural skills necessary in the 21st century economy and a generation of leaders who can reach across borders.

To accomplish this goal, the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA launched the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to mobilize resources and distribute challenge grants to colleges and universities to exponentially grow study abroad.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund holds open competitions for higher education institutions of all types and sizes to compete for grants.

Apply now for potential funding opportunities.

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaPresident Barack Obama drops by a 100,000 Strong in the Americas education roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 5, 2014 (Official White House Photos by Pete Souza). For more information about NAFSA CEO and Executive Director Marlene M. Johnson’s meeting with President Obama, read the White House Blog post about the roundtable.