Niagara College and Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, have entered into a formal memorandum of understanding that represents an international partnership aimed at providing higher education on a bi-national scale.
The MOU was signed by the Rev. James J. Maher, CM, president of Niagara University, and Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College on October 16. The signing took place in Bisgrove Hall on the Niagara University campus.
“Education is a key component of our bi-national region and together with Niagara University, we’re identifying opportunities to strengthen the economy and culture of our shared community,” said Patterson. “This partnership creates new learning opportunities for students, leverages the expertise of faculty on both sides of the border, and capitalizes on our research and innovation activities – all in support of continued growth and prosperity in our bi-national area.”
The MOU expands the existing partnership between the two institutions to include a broader range of academic disciplines, encourage binational research and promote collaborative programming. The institutions currently have articulation agreements in place that pertain to specific areas of study.
The agreement also calls for increased student pathways to degree completions and graduate credentials, the development of scholarship opportunities, advocacy for cross-border access and the investigation of simultaneous admission. The institutions also agreed to foster faculty collaboration through professional development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and joint research and innovation activities.
“I believe that, as president, it’s my obligation to provide that global learning environment because that’s the world that’s already here for our students,” said Rev. Maher. “We want to create a laboratory of learning at Niagara University where students from all different backgrounds and all different walks of life can come together to share ideas and lend their unique perspectives on the world.”
Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in our values-based Catholic tradition. Its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral level.
As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honour of St. Vincent de Paul. Niagara’s institutional commitment to service learning has led to its inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception in 2006, and its recognition with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor’s degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest continuing education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics.
Note to editors: Photo attached. Caption info: The Rev. James J. Maher, CM, president of Niagara University (left), and Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday, October 16 at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY.
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