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The Asia Institute Named a Finalist for Innovative New Program Study Abroad Award

The Asia Institute announced today that it has been named a finalist for the 2014 Innovative New Program Study Abroad Award as determined by a committee of international education professionals known as the GoAbroad Innovations Academy.

Santa Fe, NM, May 05, 2014 --( The Asia Institute announced today that it has been named a finalist for the 2014 Innovative New Program – Study Abroad Award as determined by a committee of international education professionals known as the GoAbroad Innovations Academy.

The 2014 Innovative New Program – Study Abroad Award is presented annually by GoAbroad in recognition of innovations in international education. As the leading resource for meaningful travel, GoAbroad selects the winners in coordination with a prestigious and selective group of international educators.

The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge institutions, organizations, and individuals who are creating initiatives to move the field of international education forward, and to commend leaders in the community for their efforts to go beyond the conventional. Award recipients are announced each May during GoAbroad’s reception at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.

Cleveland State University in collaboration with host partner the Asia Institute were nominated for their innovative program design connecting academic course content and real world learning outcomes. For the first time ever, students on a ten day international study program tracked an end-to-end supply chain. The “Follow the Smart Phone Trail” program offers students a faculty-led experience in Shanghai, Suzhou, and Shenzhen, China and Hong Kong SAR, incorporating visits to leading companies that are redefining the smart phone industry, such as Apple Retail (consumer experience), ZTE and Huawei (OEM/ODM), Knowles and TE Connectivity (component manufacturers) and including the Yangshan Deep-Water Port (import/export).

Upon receipt of the nomination, Bradley A Feuling, Chairman, the Asia Institute, stated, “This program is a truly unique experience for students, whereby they can connect classroom learning in an international setting with a product and industry they interact with each day. We are proud to have developed the first end-to-end supply chain experience for students, in collaboration with Cleveland State University. We thank the judges for their recognition and are proud of our team who was involved in executing an exceptional experience for the students involved.”

All winners will be announced at the GoAbroad Innovations Reception during the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. NAFSA is the largest international education event, taking place between May 25-30 at the San Diego Convention Center. The NAFSA annual conference brings together more than 8,400 professionals in the field of international education for five packed days of training workshops, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and special events.

For more information about the awards, visit

About the Asia Institute
The Asia Institute was founded in 2006 by connecting the four key sectors of society (private, public, not-for-profit and education) through a partnership network with a mission to build the leading education platform connecting Asia with the rest of the world. Over the past seven years, the Asia Institute has worked with nearly 1000 students and faculty, and has quickly become a leading host partner for many educational institutions in areas such as short-term programs, student recruitment, experiential learning, faculty exchange, and career development.

About Cleveland State University
Cleveland State is a comprehensive metropolitan university committed to providing affordable education of high quality to students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests and needs. Located in downtown Cleveland with extended campuses in Westlake and Solon, Cleveland State offers degrees in hundreds of undergraduate and graduate programs and law, and professional development programs. Cleveland State reaches out to academically talented and highly motivated students through its Honors Program. And Cleveland State’s faculty is tops, with more than 90 percent holding the highest degree attainable in their field. Approximately 15,500 students attend Cleveland State.

For fifteen years, has been the web's premier resource for meaningful international experiences and alternative travel opportunities, providing the most up-to-date and accurate information on programs available worldwide. From GoAbroad's GoMedia services, which offer a distinct range of internet marketing solutions for international educators, to the prestigious GoAbroad Innovation Awards, and the newest initiative - FundMyTravel - an online crowd funding site to help students raise money for meaningful travel experiences (, the GoAbroad team is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive resources to the field of international education.
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