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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Teaneck, NJ 07666
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Madison, NJ 07940
Agreement Signed with College in Cyprus
Intercollege of Cyprus and Fairleigh Dickinson Sign Educational Partnership Agreement
Teaneck, NJ (June 13, 2002) -- Fairleigh Dickinson University and Intercollege of Cyprus have signed an agreement for an educational partnership that will allow students from Intercollege to complete their bachelorís and masterís degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Situated at the crossroads of three continents, Intercollege emphasizes intercultural learning and has an international mission. Founded in 1980, it is the largest college in Cyprus and, in an opinion survey conducted by an independent firm, was judged to be "the most reputable college in Cyprus." With three campuses in Cyprus and a strong commitment to a diverse international study body, distributed learning and global education, Intercollegeís mission is compatible with that of Fairleigh Dickinson.
Under the new agreement, students of Intercollege are able to spend their first two or three years of study at their home institution and then complete their bachelorís degrees at FDU with one or two additional years of study. Eligible students can enroll in a combined bachelorís/masterís degree program at Fairleigh Dickinson where they would spend three or four years at Intercollege and one-and-one-half to three years at FDU. Students who successfully complete their bachelorís degree at Intercollege will be able to enter appropriate graduate degree programs at the University.
Fairleigh Dickinson has reviewed and approved existing programs at Intercollege so that specific courses taken there are transferable to FDU. The programs available to students from Cyprus include 32 distinct areas of study in psychology, learning disabilities, public administration, international studies, communications, electrical engineering, engineering technology, computer science, management information systems, information technology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
In addition, specific concentrations are available including new concentrations in forensic psychology, health administration, European or Middle East affairs, Web casting and design, and multimedia applications and technology.
Students coming to FDU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better will be eligible for a Fairleigh Dickinson University-Intercollege Scholarship, which will remain in effect as long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their studies at FDU.
Dr. Christopher A. Capuano, director of Fairleigh Dickinsonís School of Psychology, was instrumental in forging the agreement. He said, "The partnership will eventually permit Fairleigh Dickinson students to travel to Cyprus to complete a cultural immersion experience while studying at Intercollege. In addition, it is anticipated that Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty will eventually teach at Intercollege, and that Intercollege faculty will become involved with our Global Virtual Faculty Program."
The formal signing of the agreement on May 14, 2002, took place at the main campus of Intercollege in Nicosia, Cyprus. Fairleigh Dickinson was represented by Executive Vice President Carl Viola and Dr.Capuano. Executive Dean Dr. Nicos Peristianis and Dean of Enrollment Management Dr.Gregory Makrides represented Intercollege.