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Gretchen Johnson

Office of Public Relations
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New Partnership with University in Belize

Fairleigh Dickinson University Signs Partnership with Galen University

Teaneck, NJ (August 18, 2003) ó Fairleigh Dickinson University and Galen University, located in the English-speaking democracy of Belize in the Caribbean Basin, have entered into an educational partnership. Students at Galen University will be able to complete their bachelorís degree at FDU after spending their first two or three years of study at their home institution.

In February, Galen University unveiled its plans for an innovative educational institution with graduate and undergraduate programs in business, arts, science, sports and medicine. Chartered by the Government of Belize as an independent, community-oriented institution, the first classes at the new institution will be held in September 2003.

Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, has well-developed ecotourism and agriculture industries and is becoming a significant financial center with a growing offshore industry. Galen University intends to draw students from Central and South America as well as international students from Asia and Europe.

To be admitted to Fairleigh Dickinson, Galen University students must successfully complete the appropriate course of study articulated by FDU for a specific degree program. Eligible students can also choose to enroll in a combined, accelerated degree program (a bachelorís and masterís degree in just five years) by spending two years at Galen University followed by three years at FDU.

The agreement specifies the programs that will allow transfer credits. They are the B.S. in Accounting/M.S. in Accounting; B.S. in Business Management; B.S. in Economics and Finance; B.S. in Marketing; and B.A. in Individualized Studies with a specialization in business. To meet the Fairleigh Dickinson requirements, 75 percent of the delivery of business courses will be taught by participating faculty members. Some FDU faculty will teach in Belize and any international faculty that are hired must meet the criteria as defined by AACSB International ó the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the premier business school accrediting body. Fairleigh Dickinson Universityís Silberman College of Business is accredited by AACSB.

According to Dr. Christopher Capuano, director of the School of Psychology on FDUís Metropolitan Campus and who was instrumental in developing the agreement with Galen University, "this agreement will permit Fairleigh Dickinson to broaden its internal student base to include more students from Central and South America. In addition, the relationship with Galen University will provide immediate opportunities for Fairleigh Dickinson faculty and students to take advantage of the rich and diverse culture, history and environment of Belize and neighboring countries. Plans to establish both short- and long-term study abroad programs in marine biology, archeology and other areas are currently underway."

For further information on this partnership, contact Dr. Christopher Capuano, (201) 692 2300.

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