FDU-Vancouver Update

Now in its fifth year, FDU-Vancouver has a total number of 283 students, with 110 new students, double the amount admitted last September.

They come from 37 countries, spanning nearly all the continents of the world. While India and China together provide about 44 percent of the student body, many come from Canada, South Korea, El Salvador, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and as far afield as Russia, Mongolia, Peru and Vietnam. The new master in administrative science program has attracted students from 14 countries. There are 207 undergraduate and 76 graduate students.

For the first time in the campus’s history, there are two students from New Jersey, both from the College at Florham. “With three Vancouver students studying in New Jersey, we are beginning to witness the seamless education pattern that had been envisaged at the beginning,” said Cecil Abrahams, provost (Van).

“The two new degree programs introduced last academic year (bachelor of science in individualized studies and master in administrative science) have proven to be very attractive to a variety of students and these programs have boosted our enrollment,” he added.

FDU-Vancouver has graduated 26 students since its inception in 2007, and an Alumni Association has been established. It will host its first event in Vancouver on November 2.

The campus continues its Diplomatic Circle Series. This fall’s program hosted Carlos de Sousa Amaro, consul general of Portugal to Vancouver, speaking on “Portugal and the European Union” and Angel Villalobos, consul general of Mexico to Vancouver, speaking on “Mexico – Canada Relations.”

FDU-Vancouver’s second annual “Crossing Boundaries” symposium will take place on Wednesday, October 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. Crossing boundaries — national, ethnic, political, linguistic or ideological boundaries — is common in the increasingly cosmopolitan and international world. Such crossings entails conflict and understanding, struggles and growth. This series of symposia provides a venue to discuss the various crossings in academic, civic and professional contexts and presentations on research, community and professional work taking place in and around Vancouver.

Abrahams said, “This academic year will be even more exciting and successful.”


Paulette Laubsch, administrative science and director, MS in homeland security (Metro), was in Vancouver over the Labor Day weekend providing in-person instruction to master of administrative science students in their capstone class. Students were from Korea, China and India. The class will complete their course work online to finish their degree by the beginning of November. This is the first group of students that will graduate the program. The class topped off its intensive study with a meal at a local restaurant. With Laubsch, third from right, are, from back left counter-clockwise, students Rahul Bahel, Jenny Minji Kim, Jessica Kang Hyun Lee, Ying Ying Liang, Emily Chia-Chien Lin, Jane Jian Zhou and Jojo Xiao-Lu Cao.

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