Global learning is by its nature a collaborative endeavor. The synergy of individuals and groups within our institution working together toward making global learning real is vital. Similarly, the synergy of our institution working together with other institutions and associations nationally and internationally enhances our ability to offer a meaningful global education to our students. Below are links to some of our most active partners in the global education process:
The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations– FDU has established a close working relationship with The Ambassador’s Club, a group of current and former United Nations ambassadors who provide educational programming to selected colleges and universities.
The International Association of University Presidents – Fairleigh Dickinson has historic ties to the IAUP, and these have been reaffirmed recently when FDU was named as the archives site for the association records.
The Department of Public Information at the United Nations accredits many groups as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), recognizing a confluence of the mission and interests of the UN and those of the NGOs, as well as the commitment to disseminate the work of the UN. In 2002 FDU became the third university in the nation to be recognized as an NGO at the United Nations.
The American Council on Education Internationalization Collaborative – FDU is a member, along with approximately 50 other higher education institutions nationally, who are each committed to comprehensive internationalization. Click the link above to view FDU’s institutional profile, and for more information on the Collaborative.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators – FDU is a proud member of NAFSA, the world’s largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education. In 2009, FDU received NAFSA’s Spotlight Award for the use of technology in faculty development and internationalization of the curriculum.
United Nations Academic Impact Program – FDU faculty were among those who developed and launched this important international initiative, which rallies higher education on behalf of a set of universal principles. FDU was the first university in the world to endorse and join the initiative.
Global Maximum Education Opportunities (G-MEO) – FDU partnered with G-MEO to establish the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad in Chengdu, China. The Center offers Fall, Spring, and Summer term programs, as well as facilities for faculty led trips and an internship placement program for undergraduate and graduate students.
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – ECOSOC was established under the United Nations Charter as the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. In 2009, Fairleigh Dickinson University became the first entire institution of higher education in the world to be granted special consultative status by ECOSOC.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) – Launched in 2005 as a result of co-sponsorship by Spain and Turkey, UNAOC aims to engage international, intercultural, inter-religious dialogue and cooperation as means to defuse tensions between the Western and Islamic worlds and to remove threats to world peace and security. Global cooperation on cross-cultural issues, dialogue and bridge-building among diverse societies are seen as powerful opportunities for change in an environment where intolerance for diversity of culture and religion persist. UNAOC also recognizes the powerful role of youth as change agents in this global process.
The Conference on Non Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) – CoNGO is an independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making. FDU faculty members belong to twelve substantive committees organized by CoNGO on issues such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainable Development, Youth, Ageing, Family, HIV/AIDS, Crime Prevention, Mental Health, the Status of Women, Indigenous Peoples, and Financing for Development. Through these committees, FDU faculty bring their expertise to the UN and identify learning, internship and volunteer opportunities for FDU students.
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) – The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is one of the world's leading cultural exchange organizations. Each year, FAF also organizes the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, which brings together student leaders from around the world for substantive discussions of issues on the global agenda. FDU works with FAF to organize Pre- and Post-Youth Assembly Leadership seminars for YA participants.
Global Young Voices (GYV) – The Global Young Voices adventure began in February 2015. It was founded by a large group of high profile students and friends living in disparate countries and pursuing very different degrees. Despite the great diversity residing among them, they are globally aware individuals united by a fervent passion for writing and strong keenness to divulge information on their country's political, economic and social affairs.
Scholar Rescue Fund – Since its founding in 1911, the Institute for International Education (IIE) has helped scholars and scientists across the globe escape political persecution. FDU serves as a partner host institution for scholars seeking refuge through the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund program.
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) – The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. AIEA gives members opportunities to join forces, exchange ideas, share institutional strategies, and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy. FDU is proud to participate in AIEA activities.
English Language Centers (ELS) – FDU is proud to host an ESL English Language Center on our Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck New Jersey. International students conditionally admitted to FDU can brush up on their English there before beginning their course of study.