USF was recently selected as one of five higher education institutions in the country—and the only West Coast university—to receive the 2010 U.S. Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
The award, first presented in 2003, recognizes universities that demonstrate a conscious effort to integrate international, intercultural, and global dimensions into their curriculum.
“Our international focus is seen not only in our curriculum, but also in the international students we have at USF and the global service learning programs we’ve cultivated,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “It is central to our mission to offer our students, faculty, and staff opportunities to serve others while working for justice throughout the world.”
In addition to having students from 75 nations studying at USF, the university also sponsors a range of programs designed to expose students to professional work outside the U.S. and to help them apply their classroom learning to global projects.
The award is given each year by NAFSA: Association of International Educators (formerly National Association of Foreign Student Advisers). It honors the career of the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, known as a strong voice for international education, using his positions on Senate committees to advocate for expanded exchange.