SHA to lead CU hospitality entrepreneurship partnership w/ Norwegian institutions of higher learning

Feb 16, 2015

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Ithaca, NY, February 13, 2015 - The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University (SHA) will lead the university's participation in the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) Norway. IAPP is an initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) which, in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for International Collaboration in Education (SIU), is launching Norway's inaugural participation in the program to expand U.S.-Norwegian engagement and foster strategic university partnerships.

IIE and SIU have selected twelve U.S. higher education institutions to participate in the eight-month program. Fredrik Logevall, vice provost for international affairs, the Stephen and Madeline Anbinder Professor of History, and the director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell said, "International partnerships are key to sustainable leadership and innovation, and to tangible benefits to the current and future leaders we aim to educate and engage around the globe. We are honored to be chosen as an IAPP Norway participant; this is an opportunity for us to encourage academic units across campus to further strategically support international interdisciplinary scholarship at Cornell."

SHA maintains a website for the university's IAPP Norway initiative at

IAPP Norway offers resources for campuses in both countries to explore areas of academic cooperation, including exchanging students and scholars and collaborating on research projects and degree programs. In April, leaders representing each institution will travel to Norway, where IAPP will engage them in training activities focused on implementing strategic partnerships with Norwegian higher education institutions. The program seeks to help U.S. institutions navigate the Norwegian higher education system, think critically about strategic partnership plans, and access the tools and resources necessary to make informed decisions.

For many of the selected institutions, partnership with Norwegian academia presents an opportunity to leverage the country's renowned expertise in energy production and environmental sustainability, in light of the global nature of those challenges. For SHA, the global focus is on hospitality entrepreneurship.

Facilitating the partnership for the school and leading the steering committee at Cornell is Mona Anita K. Olsen, '04, visiting assistant professor and assistant academic director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship.

"Hospitality is the world's largest industry; hospitality entrepreneurship exhibits remarkable growth that globalization has only further amplified," said Olsen. "The School of Hotel Administration is the world's premier hospitality program, but global reach is best served by global expertise. I am honored to contribute insights on global entrepreneurship education from my Fulbright experiences in Norway to the IAPP Norway initiative, and to lead a collaborative, multidisciplinary committee from across Cornell's campus from planning to execution."

The IAPP Norway Steering Committee at Cornell comprises ten members including Ambassador Barry B. White, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway and chief of mission of the embassy in Oslo from October 2009 until September 2013. "I have been working with Dr. Olsen to encourage the conversation on how to create mutually beneficial partnerships around entrepreneurship education between U.S. and Norwegian institutions of higher education," said White. "I am looking forward to advising the IAPP Norway steering committee at Cornell as an avenue to continue my commitment to making a difference in internationalization of education and entrepreneurship."

IIE launched the International Academic Partnership Program in 2009 to help colleges develop the partnership components of their strategic plans for internationalization. IIE has led delegations to Brazil, China, India, Vietnam, and Myanmar in recent years. Current research and reports issued by IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education have highlighted the increasing importance of strategic international partnerships in providing a global environment for students and faculty.

About the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit

About the Institute of International Education (IIE)
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide and over 1,300 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals, and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

About the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
SIU is Norway's national agency for international education, under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. SIU promotes internationalization, intercultural dialogue, and international mobility at all levels of education through international programs and measures, research and analysis, advisory services, and information. SIU is also responsible for promoting Norway as an attractive study destination.