Dr Allan Goodman awarded inaugural Gilbert Medal for Internationalisation

26 March 2012
Allan Goodman, President & CEO of the Institute of International Education has been awarded the first Gilbert Medal, an award which recognises outstanding achievement in the internationalisation of higher education.<br />

Dr Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE) has been awarded the inaugural Gilbert Medal for Internationalisation by Universitas 21 (U21). The medal is named in honour of the late Professor Alan Gilbert, the founder of Universitas 21 who died in 2010, and upholds his vision as a lifelong proponent of the benefits of internationalisation. It celebrates some of the core objectives of the U21 network, namely to increase understanding, trust and partnership between international universities.

Dr Goodman’s numerous accomplishments at the IIE have directly fostered and encouraged the internationalisation of higher education. He is a well-known and highly respected figure within higher education and beyond, and is a worthy recipient of the first Gilbert Medal, setting a high standard for future nominees. Speaking on the announcement of the award, Dr Goodman said “The Gilbert Medal is a wonderful way to honour the memory of an individual who did so much for international higher education. Professor Gilbert had an inspired vision about what universities everywhere should do and how they could best serve others. I am deeply honoured to be selected for this inaugural award in his name. On behalf of all my colleagues at the Institute of International Education, I would like to thank the members of Universitas 21 for this recognition and for joining us in working to make the vision of internationalisation become a reality for students and campuses across the globe.”

Dr Goodman spearheaded the Scholarship Rescue Fund which, since 2002, has rescued over 400 scholars threatened with violence, kidnapping or death as a result of their academic work. IIE has implemented programmes recently to assist students whose education was at risk of interruption following the south east Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. Emergency grants from IIE helped these students complete their education and return to help rebuild their countries. Through Dr Goodman’s leadership, today 50% of all scholarships in the William J. Fulbright and Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship programmes are given to under-represented student groups to study abroad. He has also inspired and guided many university leaders around the world to engage in global partnerships and internationalise their institutions, and has been involved in leadership training to prepare new university presidents around the world for their future roles as global academic leaders.

The inaugural Gilbert Medal will be presented to him on 10 May at a ceremony at U21’s Annual Presidential Meeting, this year at Lund University. Chair of the Universitas 21 network, Professor Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, who headed up the Awards Committee commented “Dr Goodman has helped students and scholars in trouble around the world, helped establish new global universities, and provided increased access to study abroad. Despite his many achievements, he makes room for others to lead and especially works behind the scenes to make things happen, without seeking credit or the spotlight. It is fitting that this first Gilbert Medal recognises all that he has done around the world to develop understanding and co-operation between scholars and universities.”

The Gilbert Medal itself will feature the winning design from a competition among students at Lund University to create an eye-catching and intelligent design. The winning design will be unveiled in April and will then be sent to a workshop in the world-renowned Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, UK to be transformed into the medal to be presented in Lund.