Binghamton University international program among tops in country
For the second time in four years, international programs at Binghamton University are being praised in a national report for their efforts to integrate global approaches to learning.
In a report, "Internationalizing the Campus 2004: Profiles of Success at Colleges and University," to released this fall, NAFSA: Association of International Educators will recognize Binghamton University as one of five educational institutions where an international perspective permeates the institutional culture.
The annual report, first published last year, profiles a diverse group of colleges and universities that have integrated global approaches to teaching into all aspects of campus learning, through study abroad programs, faculty and scholar exchanges, new curricula, community outreach and other efforts. The four other institutions recognized with the award are Bellevue Community College in Washington, Duke University, St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Binghamton University was selected for this recognition by an advisory committee of international educators, who examined the mission, breadth, commitment and impact of the internationalization efforts at colleges and universities across the country.
In 2000, Binghamton was similarly recognized in a report by the American Council on Education, which designated the University as one of eight institutions nationally with "Promising Practices in Comprehensive Internationalization."
Binghamton University attributes its successes in international education to recent curricular development in languages, area studies, global studies, the arts and sciences, and the professional schools, which provide many avenues for students to prepare themselves for leadership in a global society.
Programs that are particularly successful include Languages Across the Curriculum, which provides students with the opportunity to apply their non-English language skills to courses outside language departments; and English Conversation Pairs, which provides informal opportunities for non-native English speakers to practice the language with native speakers. In addition, the University's annual International Student Festival is a highly attended event. The University has also seen as 45 percent increase in its international enrollment, going from 803 students in 1999 to 1,165 students in fall 2003.