FDU and the United Nations

FDU has been associated with the United Nations since its inception in 1945, and that tradition has deepened through our partnership with the Ambassador's Club at the U.N. and our NGO status with the UN's Department of Public Information. The United Nations Pathways, organized by the Office of Global Learning, provides multiple U.N. programes for our FDU community.


70 Years of Shared History

“There are few ambassadors at the United Nations who do not know of the concern at our institution for international well-being and understanding.”  -Dr. Peter Sammartino, Founding President, FDU

“It’s a vital resource right at our doorstep and a major part of our efforts to educate global citizens.” - Dr. J. Michael Adams, Former President, FDU

"The path between Fairleigh Dickinson and the United Nations is well-worn indeed, to the benefit of both of us." - H.E. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, United Nations


The rationale behind the historical relationship between FDU and the UN is simple:

  • The United Nations is one of the world’s greatest classrooms, offering formal and informal opportunities for learning to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty
  • The United Nations is one of the world’s foremost research organizations in areas of peace and security, migration, education, health, economic development, the environment, etc.
  • Through its conferences, the United Nations is one of the world’s leading conveners of global problem-solvers
  • Through its field operations, United Nations is one of the world’s greatest mechanisms for social and economic progress, as well as peace and security
  • The United Nations is committed more than any other world organization to the principles of global citizenship, which also is the mission of FDU
  • Working with civil society partners the United Nations is better equipped to face global challenges – FDU exemplifies global citizenship by working with the UN

FDU is proud of its support for the United Nations and grateful for the opportunities provided by the UN to our students, faculty, and staff.


Formal Relations

  • Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (1st in university the world to receive this status)
  • Founding Member of UN Academic Impact Program (1st university in the world to join)
  • Full Member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relations with the United Nations (1st university in the world)
  • NGO recognized by the UN Department of Public Information (3rd university in the USA)
  • Member of Principles for Responsible Business Education (PRME)

Dr. Adams dicusses FDU's new consulative status on the United Nations Economic and Social Council during his welcome to the Alumni Awards Ceremony. FDU is the first university in the world to achive this recognition.


Opportunities for FDU Students, Staff, and Faculty

The United Nations Pathways, organized by the Office of Global Learning, provides multiple UN programming opportunities for our FDU community.

  • UN Pathways Video Conference Series
  • Ambassador Lecture/Forum Series
  • UN HQ Briefings and Tours in NYC
  • Courses on the UN
  • Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for students
  • Membership on UN NGO committees for faculty
  • Partnerships with other UN-accredited NGOs
  • Participation in Global Conferences
  • UN Day Celebrations such as UN Culture of Peace Day and the International Day of Happiness
  • UNA-USA Campus Chapter (Florham and Metropolitan campuses)
  • Model UN Club (Vancouver Campus)
  • Participation in UN public awareness campaigns
  • Development of projects for the UN Academic Impact program
  • Submission of expert testimony to UN conferences
  • Summer Youth Leadership Programs


United Nations Pathways

FDU Study Abroad Brouchure

Click here to view the United Nations Pathways Brochure

 If you have any questions or need more information on the U.N. Pathways Program, please feel free to contact:

Diana Cvitan dcvitan@fdu.edu 201-692-7161


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