Partnership Announced Between Fairleigh Dickinson University and Pontificia Católica Madre y Maestra University

New Program, Dos Mundos Unidos, Combines Study in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic

(In Spanish at: http://inside.fdu.edu/prpt/dosmundosunidos.html )

Teaneck, NJ (February 10, 2006) — February, Dominican Heritage Month, is an appropriate time for Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in New Jersey and Pontificia Católica Madre y Maestra University (PUCMM) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, to establish a unique and historic partnership, Dos Mundos Unidos.

Beginning in September of 2006, the two universities will offer a program where students earn a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson, with half the course work done at FDU and half in the Dominican Republic. Originally conceived for high school graduates of Dominican ancestry living in the US, this program is open to all qualified high school graduates.

During the freshman and senior years, students in the program will study at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ. The sophomore and junior years will be spent at PUCMM. During their time in the Dominican Republic, students will live with Dominican families.

As part of the degree program, students earn a concentration in Latin American studies, complementing their chosen area of study and providing them with the global perspective needed to be successful. In September, students will be able to start their studies in the academic areas of business; hotel, restaurant and tourism management; and business, communications and technology.

Three powerful partners have come together to make this program possible. The Dominican American community, a driving force in this geographic area, has joined the two universities to help communicate to the largest Dominican community in the United States.

“We are most encouraged by the enthusiastic response from the Dominican American community,” said Dr. Irwin Isquith, Fairleigh Dickinson’s executive director of global partnerships. “They are a dedicated and hard working group and we appreciate their advice, counsel and commitment to this program. Students in this new program will find their time in the Dominican Republic to be exciting and rigorous. Many will be living in the homeland of their parents for the first time, re-discovering their cultural roots.”

Sara González de Lora, academic vice-rector PUCMM, noted “This is an important program for our university. We want to be close to the largest Dominican community in the United States and this is an opportunity for the students to have the best of both cultures.”

PUCMM, founded in 1962 by the Catholic Church, is in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. It is a prestigious private university, a non-profit service oriented institution committed to academic excellence. Its mission is to excel in providing superior education and total development of the human being.

For information on this program, contact Dr. Isquith at (201) 692-2392 or isquith@fdu.edu.

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