Thirteen Campuses Recognized For Their Outstanding International Initiatives


University of Hyderabad Study in India Programme (SIP) has been specially mentioned for its efforts in Internationalizing the Campus. Only University from India to be recognized.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce University of Hyderabad’s Study in India Programme among the winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the member campuses of the IIENetwork, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,200 higher education institutions. IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014 as part of its ninth annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals. More than 150 campus leaders and international education professionals in the United States and around the world attend the conference each year.

IIE’s Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in study abroad and international teaching and learning on campus. This year’s awards will recognize ten initiatives that are being conducted by thirteen campuses. Among these the University of Hyderabad (UoH) Study in India Programme has been specially mentioned for its efforts in Internationalizing the Campus. Its the only University from India to be recognized.

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The University of Hyderabad’s Study in India Program (SIP) for foreign students began as a small experimental summer initiative where students from the University of Pittsburgh took nine credits over nine weeks in the summer of 1998. Since then, SIP has grown in leaps and bounds and has gone from hosting eight students in its debut year to nearly 200 in the most recent academic year. The University Grants Commission (UGC), a governmental organization in India tasked with determining and maintaining standards for university education, has hailed the Study in India Program as a model initiative and has encouraged other universities in India to emulate the program’s approach. SIP’s strength is its flexibility and willing to innovate to meet the needs of universities and study abroad consortia. SIP has created specialized, tailor-made programs for partners such as Dartmouth College, Duke University and the Nordic Centre in India — a consortium of 15 Nordic universities. Students can apply on their own, through their home schools, or through study abroad consortia that are SIP partners.

“The 2014 IIE Heiskell Awards recognize some of the best initiatives in internationalizing higher education,” says IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman. “This year’s winners have developed new approaches to extending more international opportunities to a broader segment of their student populations, and integrating international programs into the campus experience. It is particularly important to expand access to study abroad and build international partnerships, and we are pleased to recommend these programs as models for other campuses. The IIE Heiskell Awards are designed to strengthen international education in the United States and around the world.”

The members of the Selection Panel for the 2014 IIE Heiskell Awards include international education leaders from a diverse range of organizations: Amparo Codding, Academic Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Wellness, Bergen Community College; Arlene Jackson, Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU); Daniel Obst, Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships, Institute of International Education (IIE);  Anne Waters, Senior Associate Dean, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; and Brian Whalen, President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad.

The IIE Heiskell Awards were named for the late Andrew Heiskell, a former chairman of Time Inc. and a long-time member of the Executive Committee of IIE’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Heiskell was a renowned international and cultural philanthropist and a dedicated supporter of international education.

Visit IIE’s Best Practices Resource at for profiles of the Heiskell Award winning programs from 2014 and all of the initiatives that have been recognized since they were first awarded in 2002.