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MISTI receives NAFSA's Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award

MISTI Associate Director April Julich Perez (center) accepts the award on behalf of MISTI, with NAFSA President Fanta Aw (left) and Martin Simon, son of the late Senator Paul Simon.
Photo: NAFSA: Association of International Educators

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) was recently presented with the 2013 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award during International Education Week in Washington, D.C.

The award is granted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators to innovative university programs that make a significant contribution to campus internationalization.

Fanta Aw, president of NAFSA, welcomed the academics, university administrators, and others gathered for the awards ceremony on Nov. 12. Evan Ryan, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, congratulated the winning universities and lauded their commitment to creating international learning opportunities for college students.

As an awardee, MISTI was spotlighted in NAFSA’s publication Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities. “MISTI has spawned entrepreneurs, academics, and venture capitalists who work on the global stage with language skills on top of advanced technological prowess,” said the article, which covered the program’s 30-year growth and expansion.

MISTI provides hundreds of MIT undergraduate and graduate students each year with hands-on learning experiences abroad, matching students with paid internships, research projects, and teaching opportunities in dozens of countries. Students participate in pre-departure language courses and cultural training to prepare them to communicate and work effectively in a culturally different environment. In addition to MISTI’s programs for students, the MISTI Global Seed Funds grant program fosters collaboration between MIT faculty and their colleagues abroad.

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