Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was selected to receive the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for its success in attracting and retaining foreign students.



The Institute of International Education (IIE) Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today.  Florida International University shares the honor with CWRU in the category of “Internationalizing the Campus.”


Back in 2008, CWRU developed a strategic plan to focus on attracting and retaining foreign students. Since then, CWRU has increased the percentage of incoming undergraduate international students from 3 percent to 15 percent and the number of international students has more than doubled. Today, international students make up 19 percent of the total student population at CWRU, representing 90 countries.


CWRU has provided $130,000 to fund 20 faculty grants to develop initiatives to create and implement international research projects, study abroad programs and cross- discipline curricula.


David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs at CWRU and Global Cleveland Board Chairman says “CWRU’s emergence as one of the nation’s most recognized universities for comprehensive internationalization is a true reflection of the dedication, commitment and support of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.”


Representatives from CWRU will receive the Andrew Heiskell Award at a ceremony in California on March 11. The IIE Heiskell Awards were named after the late Andrew Heiskell, who was the former chairman of Time Inc., a renowned international and cultural philanthropist, and a dedicated supporter of international education.