The award is in the category for best practices in international partnerships. It was presented by the Institute of International Education, a New York-based private nonprofit organization.
Founded in 2006, the Joint Institute is located on the campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China's leading universities. More than 1,000 undergraduates study mechanical or electrical and computer engineering there. All courses are taught in English by more than 20 full-time faculty.
Previous Heiskell Award winners include the Georgetown University Law Center and the California Institute of Technology.