April 2015, Volume 19, Number 2

Features

High Praise for International Efforts

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MDC’s Diasporic Knowledge Remittance Study Abroad Program allows nontraditional students to study health sciences abroad and reconnect with their countries of heritage in the Caribbean and Latin America while enhancing their global health competency.

MDC’s approach to removing international barriers and broadening the base of participation in study abroad learning has garnered the College’s Medical Campus an award from the Institute of International Education (IIE). The campus was recognized in the category of Internationalizing the Community College, for its Diasporic Knowledge Remittance Study Abroad Program. IIE announced the winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education recently, honoring the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the member campuses of the IIE Network of more than 1,400 higher-education institutions.

MDC’s Diasporic Knowledge Remittance Study Abroad Program allows nontraditional students to study health sciences abroad and reconnect with their countries of heritage in the Caribbean and Latin America while enhancing their global health competency. The study abroad programs in the health sciences include physician assistant, nursing, dental hygiene and vision care in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In addition to providing skills based on opportunities for students, the program also has created new relationships and knowledge exchange between college faculty and medical colleges overseas.

IIE’s Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad and international partnership programs in practice today. The IIE Heiskell Awards honor U.S. and higher-education institutions around the world that demonstrate outstanding best practices and innovation in international education programming, with a focus on those that address a specific need, remove institutional barriers, and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus.

IIE recently presented the awards at a ceremony in New York City as part of its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference for campus professionals. Nearly 200 campus leaders and international education professionals attend the conference each year.


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