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Texas Tech University Accepts Paul Simon Spotlight Award

Kristen Barton

November 16, 2016


President Lawrence Schovanec participated in a panel at the event.


Texas Tech University was honored with the Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award on Tuesday (Nov. 15) at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. NAFSA: Association of International Educators presented Texas Tech with the award for excellence in international education.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec was featured on a panel discussing Texas Tech's success in international education. The panel featured other presidents and chancellors from universities honored with the award. The panelists talked about how to expand access to the global learning opportunities graduates need to succeed in the world economy. 

“Through the Office of International Affairs and the K-12 Global Education Outreach Program, we are able to promote international awareness among our students at Texas Tech and youth in our community,” Schovanec said. “This program is an innovative approach to introducing areas and cultures of the world to K-12 students, an experience not otherwise available to them. This award is wonderful recognition for Texas Tech and our commitment as an institution to promote diversity and cultural awareness on our campus and in the local community as well.”


The K-12 Global Education Outreach at Texas Tech is designed to foster cultural awareness while encouraging the pursuit of higher education through programs, partnerships and outreach. The programs offered cater to students of all ages and are offered throughout the year.

“We are deeply honored for Texas Tech being selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award for its innovative and creative educational outreach to K-12 students,” said Sukant Misra, associate vice provost for International Affairs. “This award recognizes the K-12 Global Education Outreach Program for its unwavering commitment to foster global competence among K-12 students of the West Texas region.  We help local schools to produce citizens of the future that actually know something about the world – its culture, languages and how its social systems work.”

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