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USF Receives APLU’s Institutional Award for Global Learning

The University of South Florida has received the 2019 Institutional Award for its global learning, research, and engagement efforts.

Conferred by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) during its annual meeting in San Diego, the Platinum Level award recognized the school’s efforts in four areas of excellence including inclusivity, internationalization of research and engagement, leadership and pervasiveness, and assessment.

According to APLU, the university launched its Education Abroad Inclusion Initiative which led to major increase in participation of black, Latinos and multi-racial students. The initiative also awarded nearly $1 million in study abroad scholarships to more than 1,000 students.

“For years, the University of South Florida has distinguished itself through its excellent global engagement work and we’re delighted to spotlight the example it has set,” APLU President Peter McPherson said.

The university also provides dedicated institutional funding supporting faculty research abroad and is the top producer for Fulbright Scholars in the country. It launched a Global Discovery Hub to deliver a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how USF interacts with the world.

“This is a significant honor that recognizes our commitment to being a global research university dedicated to student success,” said USF President Steve Currall.

“Among the reasons that USF is the nation’s fastest-rising university is the priority we place on diversity and inclusivity and innovative learning and research that contribute to positive change.”

The University of British Columbia, Pennsylvania State University, and Florida International University received Gold Level Awards for their internationalization efforts.

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