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Global Partnerships

Fairleigh Dickinson University has enjoyed special partnerships with prominent institutions around the globe. From the United Nations to universities abroad, from corporate America to community colleges, FDU’s alliances serve our students well.

United Nations 

Fairleigh Dickinson University has been associated with the United Nations since the birth of the world body in 1945. In 1953, the University conferred an honorary doctoral degree upon the very first U.N. secretary-general, Trygve Lie. Nasrollah Fatemi, a U.N. diplomat from Iran, began teaching at FDU in 1955 and founded the University’s Institute of Graduate International Studies. And, FDU founder Peter Sammartino regularly brought U.N. ambassadors to campus to lecture and teach. FDU President J. Michael Adams renewed this partnership and led the creation of the U.N. Pathways Lecture Series in 2002. The University also runs a videoconference series broadcast from U.N. headquarters to FDU and other universities.

Fairleigh Dickinson was one of the first universities in the country to earn accreditation as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) associated with the U.N. Department of Public Information (DPI). This designation provides faculty and staff special access to the United Nations. In 2009, Fairleigh Dickinson was approved for “Special Consultative Status” as a nongovernmental organization with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). FDU is the first university in the world to earn this rank. New opportunities for students include access to internships with ECOSOC agencies and participation in global conferences, while faculty have been appointed to serve on NGO committees at the United Nations. FDU also was the first member and played a major role in founding the U.N. Academic Impact, an alliance between higher education and the United Nations designed to support universally accepted principles.

In 2008, the University welcomed to campus U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and awarded him an honorary degree.

Universities Abroad

Fairleigh Dickinson has developed partnerships with universities around the world. These agreements typically facilitate student and faculty exchanges, joint research projects and other cooperative educational ventures. In many cases, students can begin studying in their home institutions and then journey to FDU to complete their degree requirements. In these dual degree programs, graduates receive two degrees: one from their home school and one from Fairleigh Dickinson. In the last decade, affiliations have been formed with institutions in Belize, Brazil, China, Colombia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Monaco, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Uruguay. Fairleigh Dickinson also has enjoyed longstanding ties to universities in many countries. FDU, for example, played an influential role in the formation and development of Bangkok University in Thailand. FDU has had a presence in the Republic of Korea since establishing a sister school relationship with Kyung Hee University in the 1960s. Also in Korea, special activities and joint programs have been developed with Kyungnam University, whose president, Jae Kyu Park, is an FDU alumnus.

Ancestral Homelands

Dos Mundos (Two Worlds) is a partnership program with universities in the Dominican Republic and Spain that provides students living in America with the opportunity to study in a country that evokes the students’ ancestral roots. Students spend two years abroad and two years at FDU. Similar agreements have been signed recently with institutions in the Republic of Korea and Israel.

The National Guard

In collaboration with the National Guard Bureau, Fairleigh Dickinson University has developed a fully online master of administrative science degree with emphasis on areas of homeland security and certificate programs with concentrations in global security and terrorism studies, emergency management administration and computer security and forensic administration to assist Guard personnel in succeeding in their increased responsibilities of homeland security and defense, both nationally and internationally.

Community Colleges

FDU has agreements with eight community colleges in New Jersey that provide students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from FDU and study at their own community college. Agreements are currently in place with Atlantic Cape Community College, Rowan College at Burlington County, Cumberland County College, Rowan College at Gloucester County, Ocean County College, and Mercer County Community College.

High School Connections

FDU’s Middle College program gives college-bound juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience university life before they graduate high school. Students take part in lectures and laboratory experiments, and FDU faculty visit the schools to supplement ongoing instruction. Founded in 1984, the Middle College program is now affiliated with more than 100 high schools throughout New Jersey.

The National Society of High School Scholars

FDU is affiliated with The National Society of High School Scholars, a prominent organization that recognizes outstanding students from the United States and abroad with unique scholarships. The Society was founded by Claes Nobel to continue the Nobel familys legacy of encouraging and recognizing contributions to world betterment.

Global Gourmets

Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s premier gourmet society, is headquartered at the Florham Campus, alongside FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Corporate America

Fairleigh Dickinson has many programs developed and offered in conjunction with leading corporate entities such as Hoffmann-La Roche, Medco Health Solutions, Atlantic Health Systems, Cendant, Liz Claiborne, Citigroup, the National Football League and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Nonprofit and Public Partners

Through many public and nonprofit entities, Fairleigh Dickinson brings its specialized programs to special populations. Partnerships are in place with, to name just a few, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Transit, the New Jersey National Guard, Picatinny Arsenal, Bergen County United Way and local school districts.