UMass Boston Earns Prestigious Simon Award for Internationalization

Office of Communications | March 24, 2016
UMass Boston Earns Prestigious Simon Award for Internationalization

The University of Massachusetts Boston has received a top national award recognizing colleges and universities that are committed to broad-based efforts to internationalize their campuses.

UMass Boston is one of four institutions nationwide to earn the comprehensive 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, given by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The award recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization—especially those using innovative and creative approaches.

Nearly 2,100 international students, accounting for 12 percent of the total student population, are enrolled at UMass Boston—the most diverse university in New England—representing over 150 countries and speaking more than 90 languages. Faculty members lead innovative study-abroad programs, connecting students to different people, cultures, and environments. Student participation in these programs has increased sixfold in the last five years, reflecting the university’s ongoing commitment to internationalization.

“This recognition is of utmost importance to us.  It distinguishes us as having achieved strategic goals outlined in our internationalization agenda, and it also inspires us to do more in our pursuit of becoming the most cosmopolitan public research university,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston E. Langley.

In addition, the number of international exchange students is up by 60 percent. UMass Boston also hosts Fulbright training programs, Fulbright Gateway Programs, Erasmus+ programs, and a highly successful International Visiting Scholar Academy, among others.

“Internationalization efforts at UMass Boston are accelerating and thriving, and they serve as shining examples of ideas, discoveries, and problem-solving innovations that address complex global issues such as climate change, conflict resolution, and social justice,” said Vice Provost for Global Programs Schuyler Korban. “We’re thrilled and honored that NAFSA has recognized our accomplishments and progress with this year’s Simon Award.”

UMass Boston is joined on this year’s list by the College of William and Mary, the New York Institute of Technology, and the University of Tampa. Another three institutions received the Spotlight Award recognizing a specific area of internationalization.

NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson said, "This year's winners exemplify a diversity of unique and shared approaches available to higher education institutions. The 2016 Simon Award institutions prepare our students for success in the thoroughly interconnected environment in which global learning is becoming a prerequisite to success, both in the classroom and beyond."

Institutions selected for the Simon Awards will be featured in NAFSA's report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall, and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during International Education Week in November. 

About UMass Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve more than 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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