Mercy College Announces Plans for the Launch of the Mercy College Center for Global Engagement

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Spring 2011 Launch of Center to Provide Dynamic Learning Opportunities for Students, Faculty and Staff

The Center for Global Engagement will be at the forefront of a rapidly changing global landscape and bring a new, sharpened global focus into the learning experience of Mercy College students

Building on its mission to prepare students to become responsible, skilled, knowledgeable and caring citizens in an increasingly interdependent and competitive world, Mercy College President Kimberly R. Cline today announced plans for the launch of the Mercy College Center for Global Engagement. The Center, which debuts in Spring 2011, will identify, develop and provide transformative and dynamic global learning opportunities for students, staff and faculty.

“The Center for Global Engagement will be at the forefront of a rapidly changing global landscape and bring a new, sharpened global focus into the learning experience of Mercy College students,” said Dr. Cline.

Led by former Fulbright Scholar Dr. Hind Rassam Culhane, Executive Director of the Mercy College Center for Global Engagement and Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, the Center will build on Mercy College’s existing infrastructural elements—offices and processes, staff and faculty expertise and connections, and curricular strengths—to internationalize the Mercy College community, focusing on everything from curriculum and programming to enrollment and internships.

Planned initiatives to be implemented at the Center include: the infusion of current curriculum and coursework with international components as appropriate, across all programs; the development of a full study-abroad program and activities where the College’s international students have an opportunity to share their experiences with their U.S.-born counterparts; the creation of a speakers series featuring international business and civic leaders, and non-governmental organizations; and the development of new degree programs with a global/international focus, among other possibilities.

Additionally, the Center will serve as a resource for students to investigate and learn about internships with an international component, and will expand and enrich Mercy College’s existing global education programs, including its Model UN program and the Ambassadors Speakers Series.

Today’s announcement comes as the College prepares to host Ambassadors Gonzalo Gutierrez (Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations) and Ahmad Kamal (Founding President of the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations, former Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and current Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research) on Tuesday, November 23, for an on-campus panel discussion entitled, Peru—Past, Present and Future. The program will focus on Peru, its history, culture and its relationships with neighboring countries and with the United States.

“Mercy College is committed to providing students with an education that not only puts them on a pathway to a rewarding career, but also helps them understand their potential roles in shaping and changing the world in which we live,” said Michael Sperling, Mercy College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The Center for Global Engagement is our latest initiative to globalize the education experience at Mercy and promote an inclusive academic environment that seeks and celebrates global engagement.”

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.

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