Schools for a Global Age, a report released in November 2004, features school profiles and lessons learned on best practices in international education from The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize program.


The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education

An alarming gap exists between the growing importance of other world regions to our nation's economic prosperity and national security and many young Americans' knowledge of the world that lies beyond our borders. For the United States to continue to prosper, our young people must have an education grounded in understanding other cultures, geography, history, languages, and people. The world will demand it of them–we must demand it of our education system.

In June 2003 Asia Society and The Goldman Sachs Foundation created the first ever Prizes for Excellence in International Education to promote international knowledge and skills in our schools and communities. The Youth Prize will award five high school students with up to $10,000 each. Winners in all other categories will be awarded $25,000 each:

High School Youth
Five high school students who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key issues in international affairs and the global economy. The winners will receive up to $10,000 each.

Elementary/Middle School

An elementary or middle school that engages all or most of its students in learning about other world regions, cultures and languages. The winner will receive $25,000.

High School
A secondary school that engages all or most of its students in learning about Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, or about international affairs through its curriculum and through partnerships with other countries or local organizations. The winner will receive $25,000.

A state or one of the 100 largest school districts that is actively promoting the development of international knowledge and skills on a wide scale through the creation of robust policies and specific programming initiatives.The winner will receive $25,000.

A program within a U.S. based public or private for-profit or non-profit organization that has developed outstanding programs that use media/technology to educate students or teachers about other world regions and cultures, or international issues.  The winner will receive $25,000.

The prizewinners have shown exceptional imagination and commitment to integrating intellectually rigorous international content into schools, fostering effective teaching and learning of world languages and bringing the world to America's youth in exciting ways through the use of media and technology. In previous years, prizewinners were honored at a dinner in Washington, D.C. attended by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and other dignitaries. The winners have also been announced in The New York Times and The Financial Times and have garnered considerable regional and national media coverage. Top schools from the competition were also featured in Schools for the Global Age: Promising Practices in International Education.

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Review and Selection Process
A panel of experts for each prize category drawn from education, area studies, and international studies will review the applications/nominations. From this review process, three finalists in the elementary/middle school, high school, media/technology, and state categories and ten finalists in the youth category will be chosen. Based on further review of the applications and possible interviews or site visits with the applicants, The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes Jury will select the final winners in each category. Winners in the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology categories are announced at Asia Society's Annual Dinner in the fall.

2008 Youth Prize applications were due June 12, 2008. Winners will be honored at an event in New York City in November 2008. We will begin accepting applications for the 2008 elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes in autumn 2008. Winners will be announced at an awards event in Spring 2009.


The Goldman Sachs Foundation
The Goldman Sachs Foundation is a global philanthropic organization funded by The Goldman Sachs Goup, Inc. The Foundation's mission is to promote excellence and innovation in education and to improve the academic performance and lifelong productivity of young people worldwide. It achieves this mission through a combination of strategic partnerships, grants, loans, private sector investments, and the deployment of professional talent from Goldman Sachs. Funded in 1999, the Foundation has awarded grants in excess of $72 million since its inception, providing opportunities for young people in more than 20 countries. Visit the Foundation at

Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

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