Madison College honored for innovation in international education
College’s ‘Sustainable Development Network’ builds partnerships, promotes global STEM education
MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 23, 2015)—The Institute of International Education has named Madison Area Technical College one of five recipients of its Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The awards honor outstanding initiatives in higher education among 1,400 member campuses in the global IIE network. Madison College is the only community college to be honored with this year’s Heiskell Award.
The Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models among community colleges and baccalaureate institutions for campus internationalization, study abroad, and international partnership programs. Emphasis is placed on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and international teaching and learning on campus.
Madison College was recognized for leading the “Community College Sustainable Development Network,” a consortium of faculty and programming from 24 U.S. community colleges to build a network of study-abroad programs in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math. To date, the network has developed 19 new study abroad opportunities including programs in engineering, renewable energy, sustainable architecture, sustainable construction, sustainable agriculture, tropical ecology, statistics, education, nursing, and dental service.
Geoff Bradshaw, director of MATC’s Center for International Education, says the Sustainable Development Network is a best-practice model that he hopes other campuses will replicate. “Collaborating with other schools to create faculty-led programs grounded in training and support enables more community colleges to offer study abroad programming for their students,” he said. “Though the Madison College-led network concentrates on STEM education, the same model can be applied to liberal studies and technical training, as well.”
Other campuses to receive this year’s Heiskell Award include Purdue University, Auburn University, Texas Christian University and State University of New York.
Founded in 1919, the non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations It is best known for their role in managing the Fulbright Scholars Program for the U.S. Department of State. The IIE Heiskell Awards were named for the late Andrew Heiskell, a former chairman of Time Inc., a long-time member of the Executive Committee of IIE’s Board of Trustees and a renowned international and cultural philanthropist. Visit IIE’s Best Practices Resource for in-depth profiles of the 2015 Heiskell Award winners and all of the initiatives that have been recognized since the first awards in 2002.