Waterville and the World

 

By Stephen Collins '74
 

Colby is officially one of the most international colleges in the country.

That fact was recognized with the presentation to Colby of a 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization at the annual meeting of NAFSA/Association of International Educators on June 1 in Seattle.

The association, dedicated to advancing international education and exchange, began presenting the Simon Award just last year. There are five recipients in 2005, and Colby is one of the first 10 colleges or universities in the nation to receive the honor.

The award recognizes Colby's commitment to internationalism throughout the curriculum as well as its strong study abroad program and its international diversity.

On the academic side, half of Colby's 53 majors have an international component and more than 100 courses satisfy requirements in the international studies major. When it comes to study abroad, more than two thirds of students take advantage of extensive opportunities, a rate that is among the highest in the nation. Colby has led its peer institutions in the percentage of international students for many years, and 66 countries currently are represented by 188 students who are non-resident aliens, dual citizens, or resident aliens. Martha Denney, associate dean of faculty and director of off-campus study, accepted the award on Colby's behalf and said it represented a broad effort at the College. "There clearly are a lot of people involved," she said.

As a recipient of the award, Colby will be featured in a report, Internationalizing the Campus 2005: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall by the association.