Daniel Papp, president of Kennesaw State University, became the 2007 recipient of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta’s International Award at the club’s weekly meeting on Sept. 4.
Rose Cunningham, chair of the club’s international relations committee, said that the award has been given each year since 1996 to the person who “has done the most to make Atlanta an international city.”
In Dr. Papp’s acceptance speech, he focused on Kennesaw State’s rapid growth in student enrollment and international programs.
The university has over 20,000 students currently enrolled; more than 1,700 of these are international students.
The American Council on Education selected Kennesaw State to be one of only eight institutions to take part in a study titled “Global Learning For All.” This study will analyze best practices for integrating international students into the American university environment, according to the university’s Web site.
Dr. Papp is Kennesaw’s third president and has served in that post since 2006. He has placed internationalization at the forefront of the university’s improvement strategy, and hopes to establish a Confucius Institute in partnership with the Chinese government, said Stacey Moore, communications professional at Kennesaw State’s university relations office.