Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University’s Global Education Office has been recognized by the Center for International Studies (CIS) with their first Going Places! Award. The award recognizes an affiliate university who “broadens academic perspectives, encourages student development, and promotes global awareness through their innovative work in education abroad.” More than 100 colleges and universities across the country were eligible for the award. Debra Regan, PSU’s Global Education Office Director, said the award exemplifies Plymouth State’s commitment to international education.
“We’re fortunate to have our administration’s encouragement and support in developing new and unique international opportunities for our students such as our program in Limerick, Ireland for first-year students, one of the first of its kind in the country,” said Regan. “As a smaller university with a relatively new education abroad office, we’re all very pleased with this recognition.”
The award was presented in June at the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Association of International Educators at its 64th annual conference in Houston, Texas where more than 8,500 people from 95 countries were in attendance. In presenting PSU with the Going Places! Award, CIS Executive Director Jeff Palm praised the institution’s commitment to expanding their global educational experience.
“Since 2004, PSU has run a First Year semester abroad program, long before it was the norm,” said Palm. “Each fall semester about 20 high achieving students and one brave faculty member head to Ireland for a life-changing experience. This office also facilitates experiential internships for students, with placements that are both domestic or international, and works closely with academic departments to make sure each student, regardless of major, meets the criteria necessary for attaining credit. First Year Abroad. Integrated Education Curricula. International Internships for credit. They do it all, and they do it all with grace, good humor, and good ole New England pluck.”
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