Award-winning Efforts

UNT's efforts in building international research and educational opportunities recently have earned prestigious recognitions.

Vish Prasad, vice president for research and economic development, was selected as a 2011 recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, for establishing international research partnerships. He has created dozens of new research collaborations and academic partnerships in more than 20 countries. Prasad led the development of a master's program planned for UNT and the Universidad de Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile. He also led UNT's effort to establish alliances with seven elite research institutions and centers in three major cities in India: Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

"A shared base of resources and expertise among international institutions provides wonderful opportunities for student learning, faculty collaboration, cultural exchange, innovation and technology development," Prasad says.

Another recognition this spring went to UNT's Office of Global Learning and Experience, which won a national 2011 GoAbroad Innovation Award for Innovation in Marketing for its unified campaign to promote global learning through study abroad and other international opportunities.

The awards are sponsored by, a resource for international education and travel. The office's new campaign will go off campus for the first time in 2011-12, when the university's study abroad programs open to non-UNT students.