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Transforming Initiative V

Transforming Initiative V

Promoting Activities that Bear Our Mission’s Stamp,
Increase Our Visibility Regionally and Nationally
and Create New Partnerships

Fordham plans to establish itself as a center for intellectual exchange, especially on matters of religion and culture, in the City of New York and the nation by developing centers and partnerships that support its mission. While the strategic plan notes that these mission-related initiatives focus primarily on existing activities, the University will extend and promote them to make its mission more apparent to the public.

Extend Discussions of Religion and Culture. In order to enhance research and public discussions of religion and culture at Fordham, the University seeks to build endowments to support the Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, the Center for Religion and Culture, the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies and a yet to be established “Trialogue Project,” a seminar among scholars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Develop Local Affiliations. Fordham has established a new joint degree program, offering a Master of Science in Teaching program in Biology and Conservation Life Science for grades 7 through 12 in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society (The Bronx Zoo).

Expand International Agreements. Fordham has been invigorating and expanding its international programs for many years. In August 2008, an Office of International Initiatives was established to coordinate and support these efforts.

In recent years, Fordham established international linkages with the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and with Jesuit universities, including Iberoamericana (Mexico), Saint Joseph (Lebanon) and Esada (Spain). The College of Business Administration joined the U.N. Global Compact, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences joined the Equator Initiative of the U.N. Development Program. The Law School has established academic and student exchanges with the European University Institute in Fiesole (Italy); the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

Fordham is relocating its London Dramatic Academy to Heythrop College in Kensington Square. At this new location, the University expects to offer programs for liberal arts students during the fall term, CBA students in the spring, and all students in the summer.

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