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OHIO concludes IEW with Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement

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OHIO concludes IEW with Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement
Nov 24, 2014
By McKenzie Powell

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]hio University concluded its International Education Week (IEW) festivities with the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement ceremony, an annual event that recognizes three particularly outstanding members of the OHIO community who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to international education and cultural understanding.

Representatives from OHIO, various supporters and nominees gathered on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center to announce and celebrate the faculty, staff and alumni who were nominated for the second annual Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement.

“Ohio University is a leader in the United States for international education through our large number of international students and students studying abroad,” David Koonce, associate dean for OHIO’s Graduate College, said in welcoming everyone to the event. “We are here tonight to celebrate international education at Ohio University and to recognize these award winners for their accomplishments.”

According to the Center for International Studies, these awards recognize exceptional faculty, staff and alumni for their “contributions to international education, global competency, cultural understanding and/or international programs at Ohio University or in their fields or disciplines.”

This year’s award recipients were acknowledged for their diverse experience in international education and global engagement, and were chosen from a pool of nominees the IEW Committee solicited earlier this semester.

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement was awarded to Amritjit Singh, who is an OHIO Langston Hughes professor of English and African American Studies.

Singh was recognized for his extensive work over the course of his 59-year career, including three Fulbright awards with extended stays in Egypt, Austria and Germany, as well as his participation in the Friends of India Society and the Indian Student Association.

Singh is currently serving as a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Scholar in India, and is writing a book while teaching at the University of Delhi.

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