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What is Global Education?

A New World Calls for New Visions

A global education is much more than having international campuses or exchange programs. It is an education that ensures that our students will be able to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity and rapid change. A global education is one that provides knowledge and understanding of culture, language, geography and global perspectives. Most importantly, a global education is one that enables students to understand their roles in a global community and teaches them how their actions can affect citizens throughout the world.

Corporate leaders tell us that the next workforce generation will need to be able to function as easily abroad and across different cultures as in this country. We will graduate students who will flourish in this world. We are going to immerse them in diverse cultures. To do so, we must make understanding global issues part and parcel of the learning experience. At the same time, we will instill in students a sense of adventure as well as a sense of responsibility to make the world a better place in which to live and work for all cultures.

Building on the Legacy

That spirit was at the heart of the founding of this institution 58 years ago. The idea, as expressed by our founder Peter Sammartino, was to create an institution that was to be "of and for the world." The original philosophy required students to learn about the world by working in the world, about social concerns by getting involved in the community and about global issues by spending time abroad and in different cultures. Cultural and global awareness were indeed hallmarks of that junior college in 1942. Our roots were nurtured by bold moves, such as the rapid expansion of international programs and relationships with institutions throughout the world.

The Mission

At this time in our history, we proclaim that "Fairleigh Dickinson University is a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education." We proclaim that the "University strives to provide students with the multidisciplinary, intercultural and ethical understandings necessary to participate, lead and prosper in the global marketplace of ideas, commerce and culture."

We proclaim, above all else, that students who graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University will be known for two things:

  1. The understanding that just because someone is different does not mean that person is wrong - just different; and,
  2. The ability to communicate with and look at the world through the eyes of those who are different from themselves.

As Fairleigh Dickinson University President J. Michael Adams says, "No single experience or course can create a global citizen. The answer lies in the sum of all our activities; those with a long tradition, those recently conceived and those yet to be dreamed. I invite, I urge you - our community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends - to join the adventure. In your intellect and in your imagination lie the future steps that will provide Fairleigh Dickinson University students with a global education. The heart of this vision will be in the difference that each of us can make. Our mission is accomplished, our goal is reached only through your efforts."


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updated: Fri, 13-Aug-2010