Babson is among five higher education institutions acknowledged by NAFSA: Association of International Educators

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Babson College is one of the eight recipients of the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the NAFSA Simon Awards recognize outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization. The awards are separated into two categories to reflect the broad array of approaches used to effectively internationalize campuses. 

Babson is one of five universities to receive this year’s “Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization” that distinguishes excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses. In the field of International Education, this is the most prestigious award bestowed upon an institution.

“We are honored to receive the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA,” says Amir Reza, Vice Provost for International & Multicultural Education at Babson College. “This award belongs to the community of educators, students, and alumni of Babson who work shoulder to shoulder with the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education to integrate international dimensions into our collective mission: to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create social and economic value, everywhere.”

The 2018 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization schools are:

  • Babson College – Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • St. Lawrence University – Canton, New York
  • Stony Brook University – Stony Brook, New York
  • Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas
  • University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida

The “Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award” recognizes a specific international program or initiative that contributes to internationalization on campus. Babson was recognized with a Spotlight Award in 2006. The 2018 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award schools are: Baldwin Wallace University – Berea, Ohio (BW in Zambia program), Harper College—Palatine, Illinois (Global Region of Focus Initiative), and University of Georgia—Athens, Georgia (UGA-Minas Gerais partnership).

“As future leaders of our nation, it is vital that our students have the tools and experiences necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global community,” emphasized Esther D. Brimmer, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO. “These eight institutions stand as excellent examples of how U.S. universities and colleges can effectively provide opportunities for cross-cultural competency using a varied set of methods. There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to internationalization. With institutions like these continuing to strive to incorporate creatively global perspectives onto their campuses, I am confident we can prepare our students to succeed and ultimately strengthen ties around the world.”   

A strong advocate for international education and cross-cultural learning, the late Senator Paul Simon is also the namesake of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act. The Simon bill aims to incentivize U.S. institutions to make study abroad an integral part of higher education by creating a modest program of challenge grants. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate (S. 601) and in the House (H.R. 4379) last year.

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 honored at an event in Washington, D.C., during International Education Week in November. To learn more about NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Awards,


With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit and @ConnectOurWorld on Twitter.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Shannon Sweeny,, (781) 239-4621 | 03/14/2018 03:00