The Division of Global Engagement of ULL Receives the International Achievement Award

Apr 23, 2021, 09:19 AM by Claire Regan



April 23, 2021


Lafayette, LA – The Lafayette International Center Foundation, which serves as the Lafayette International Center’s advisory board, is pleased to announce that the 21st International Achievement Award (IAA) was bestowed upon the Division of Global Engagement of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

A ceremony took place at the International Center, in downtown Lafayette, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in front of a gathering of City-Parish officials, representatives of UL Lafayette, past honorees of the Award, and members and past members of the Foundation.

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory stated: “The Lafayette International Center and the Lafayette Consolidated Government are deeply committed to a robust Lafayette economy, and to strengthening Lafayette’s ties to the rest of the world. For the past thirty-one years, the International Center has grown, developed programs of outreach and of education, and helped bring over 107 million dollars into the local economy, and has been nationally recognized for excellence ”

Dave Domingue, Director of the Lafayette International Center, continued, “Since our office is first and foremost an international trade development organization, primary consideration is given to individuals and organizations whose activities have helped draw economic benefits to the Lafayette area. This year we have chosen the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Division of Global Engagement. The Division is the University’s commitment to the globalization of education, research, and community engagement while enhancing its global presence. The Division works on a number of projects toward those goals, and data indicate that international students at UL Lafayette brought over 17 million into the local economy last year!”

Domingue concluded by saying, “Their work demonstrates the University’s commitment to help Lafayette become a city with global connections and global impact, led by their Division of Global Engagement.”

Dr. Gabriel Carranza, Executive Director of Global Engagement, thanked the IAA committee for this nomination and stated, “Higher Education is an Export Product that brings wealth to Lafayette producing jobs and having a substantial economic impact. A global education is the driving force behind diversifying the economy, and that means opening up to new markets and jumping onto the global wagon.”

The International Achievement Award was created to honor an organization or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to Lafayette’s international image and connections. The award debuted in 1998 and has been presented once a year to various recipients representing many sectors such as Oil & Gas, Music & Visual Arts, Manufacturing, Food, Tourism & Hospitality, and Finance.

About the Division of Global Engagement of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette:

The Division of Global Engagement at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette strives to create and develop the University’s global initiatives and provide multidisciplinary pathways to globalize education for our students, and foster research and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

Consisting of the offices of Study Abroad Programs and International Affairs, as well as the University’s Intensive English Program, the Division of Global Engagement is an Academic Affairs unit responsible for the University’s globalization efforts.

We aim to expand and diversify the University’s global partnerships, facilitate global education for all UL Lafayette students, increase international student enrollment, and develop and enhance alumni and community engagement.

A quality education is not only about mastering the curriculum in the academic field of study. It requires, among other things, developing a global perspective, a solid set of values to guide our behaviors, learning how to think critically and independently and learning how to apply the concept of joie de vivre in our lives. It is our duty to help students and the local community to understand and appreciate global interdependency.

For more information about the Division of Global Engagement, please visit

For more information, please call Christophe Pilut at Lafayette International Center at (337)291-5474 or email