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President Bernstine's International Efforts Garner National Recognition
Author: Jeanie-Marie Price (503-725-3773) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: May 17, 2005

Portland State University President Daniel O. Bernstine was selected by the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges' (NASULGC) Commission on International Programs to receive the 2005 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award in recognition of his work in internationalization in higher education.

"I am very pleased that the selection committee chose President Daniel Bernstine to receive the 2005 Malone Award," said Nancy Zimipher, president of the University of Cincinnati and chair of the NASULGC Commission on International Programs. "Dr. Bernstine has a distinguished history in international education and he is a leader in international learning. As president of Portland State University, he spearheaded an Internationalization Initiative which involved not only the University, but also incorporated the international attributes and needs of the Portland metropolitan area, and the state of Oregon. By going beyond the walls of the university into the community, Dr. Bernstine is not only internationalizing the campus, but also staying true to the community aspect of the land grant mission."

Bernstine, who was named president of Portland State in 1997, has led a successful internationalization initiative at PSU that has raised awareness of the University abroad, increased international admission rates and forged partnerships around the globe.

Since 1999, PSU has experienced a nearly 50-percent increase in its international enrollment, more than 1,100 international students from 94 countries attend PSU, the second-largest number in Oregon. Forty percent of these students come from Japan, China, Korea and India. The University provides over 135 study abroad opportunities in 38 different countries, and has long-standing programs in Italy, Germany, Japan and Korea. Over the last two years the number of students participating in these programs has increased by 50-percent.

PSU has also made internationalization of its programs a priority under the leadership of President Bernstine. The Middle East Studies Center, founded as the first federally supported undergraduate program of its kind in the nation, has flourished during Bernstine's tenure. He has initiated a series of outreach activities aimed at strengthening relations between PSU and the more than 800 PSU alumni who live in the Middle East. Bernstine has brought tremendous vision to PSU's relationship with China - forming a pioneering relationship with the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources to offer land-use training and working to bring Computer Science and Engineering programs to China. He continues to foster new relationships with Chinese universities. This year, 29 students graduated from PSU's program in Shanghai, China.

Bernstine has also been instrumental in helping develop the Hatfield School of Government's environmental and community-based learning projects, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, in Vietnam, and continues to lend his personal attention to the School of Business Administration's Master of International Management, the only program of its kind in the U.S. focused solely on Asia. The program is distinguished by its case-based, Asia-focused curriculum, coupled with a language requirement, an Asia field trip, and the Age of the Pacific lecture series.

Bernstine is recognized as an international ambassador. He has taught as a visiting professor in Taiwan, Germany, and at the Havana University Law School in Cuba. He was made an honorary professor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 1996, and of Russia's Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law in 2000, and was recognized with the 2003 Oregon International Citizen Award by the Oregon Consular Corps. In addition, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hangyang University in Seoul, Korea, in 1999; by Waseda University, one of the top two private universities in Japan, in 2003; and by Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Linguistics University in May 2004.

The Malone Award was established in 2000, and is dedicated to the memory of Michael P. Malone (1940-1999), to provide national recognition to individuals who have a career of outstanding contributions that further international education of state and land-grant institutions. Bernstine was selected from a group of 30 that the Commission considered. He will be honored along with Dr. Alicia Skinner Cook, professor of Human Development/Family Studies at Colorado State University in a ceremony in July in Rhode Island.

For additional information on President Bernstine, please visit

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Jessica Ahlers (202-478-6030)
National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges

For Immediate Release (#05-077)