A Tradition of Leadership

  1. Fairleigh Dickinson University's founder, Peter Sammartino, co-founded the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) -- now numbering 700 presidents from 100 different countries. Recently, Fairleigh Dickinson University was designated the historical archives site for the IAUP and President J. Michael Adams was named to the group's executive board.

  2. Fairleigh Dickinson University became the first U.S. university to own an overseas campus when Wroxton College opened in England in 1965.

  3. Fairleigh Dickinson has been associated with the United Nations since its inception (1945) and documents a five-decades-long path between our campuses and U.N. headquarters. In 2002, together with The Ambassador's Club at the United Nations, the University established the U.N. Pathways Lecture Series in which ambassadors regularly present programs at FDU. Also, Fairleigh Dickinson University is one of just four universities in the country to earn designation as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

  4. Fairleigh Dickinson University has a 62-year history of international student enrollment, including today nearly 900 from more than 70 different countries studying at our New Jersey campuses.

  5. The University has established study abroad programs and partnerships with institutions in Taiwan, Japan, India, Spain, China, Turkey, Poland and Switzerland, to name only a few places. And we've been linked to South Korea since 1962.

  6. For more than 60 years, we've hired world-class faculty - and our faculty continue to have a global impact. Five typical examples (this list rotates over time because there are so many individuals to cite):

    • In collaboration with Spanish chemists, Ray Baylouny has been doing significant research at the University of Barcelona involving molecular modeling.
    • Since 1996, Leonard Grob has organized The Pastora Goldner Holocaust Symposium, a biennial event held at Wroxton College featuring international Holocaust scholars who commit to follow-up collaborations and study projects.
    • Riad Nasser, an Israeli citizen of Palestinian descent, has worked to promote understanding between Israelis and Arabs, and is studying how the history curricula in Israel shape the national identity of Israel's Palestinian citizens.
    • "Bamidele Ojo, a native of Nigeria, is the author of Human Rights and the New World Order: The Question of Universality, Acceptability and Human Diversity, and editor of several volumes on African politics, including Contemporary African Politics: A Comparative Study of Political Transition to Democratic Legitimacy and Nigeria’s Third Republic: Problems and Prospects of Political Transition to Civil Rule.  Ojo was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in research and teaching for the 2001–2002 and advises the government of Nigeria on matters such as education, ethics, and labor relations."
    • Each summer at Wroxton College, Charles Schaefer coordinates an international play therapy study group, featuring child therapists from around the world.
  7. Fairleigh Dickinson University is the first university in the country to require that all undergraduate students take four online courses. Our heralded distance-learning initiative began in 2001, and all freshmen start the sequence by probing global issues in The Global Challenge online core course. New courses have been introduced since then, for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

  8. A central part of the distance-learning program is the Global Virtual Faculty, approximately 45 scholars and practitioners from around the world, who partner with our FDU faculty to bring diverse perspectives to our students.

  9. Introduced this academic year, the Global Scholars program brings together a diverse group of students for academic, residential and co-curricular activities with global themes. One of the year's highlights was a trip to South Africa.

  10. The University's curricula infuse global perspectives, and full degree programs focus on global themes. For example, we offer an MBA in Global Management, and our BA in International Studies is one of the few programs of its kind in the country. Also, our core curriculum is nationally recognized and distinguished for incorporating global perspectives.

  11. Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world's premier gourmet society, is relocating its U.S. headquarters to the College at Florham. The group helped fund a new building that will house its headquarters and the University's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

  12. For about a half-century, Fairleigh Dickinson University has published The Literary Review, translating creative writing from different cultures and countries -- more than 16,000 pages of global text.