NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., represented NYIT as a member of two expert panels at the United States' premier conference for international education, NAFSA 2016, held in Denver from May 29 to June 3. NAFSA: Association of International Educators brings together approximately 10,000 professionals in the fields of international student advising, study abroad programs, institutional internationalization, recruiting, and other areas of international education. Earlier this year, NAFSA recognized NYIT as a model of internationalization with the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
In the first panel, “Campus Internationalization Best Practices Insights: Simon Comprehensive Winners,” Shoureshi answered questions from conference attendees about the process of bringing global perspectives to an institution of higher learning. Of note, he discussed NYIT’s model of sharing a common curriculum across global campuses and how the university uses technology to link students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The second panel discussion, “NAFSA Simon Award: Successful Internationalization Strategies,” was a roundtable session for university administrators seeking to increase internationalization efforts, followed by individual presentations by the 2016 awardees. As a table moderator, Shoureshi shared some of NYIT's strategies to create a global mindset among students, faculty, and staff. During his presentation to the group of university participants, Shoureshi highlighted the history and unique features of NYIT’s global programs.
NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., will accept the 2016 Simon Award at a formal ceremony during International Education Week in November. NAFSA will also publish a report detailing the strategies NYIT and other award winners have put in place to expand their global reach.