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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 25, 2009

MAHWAH – Ramapo College of New Jersey has signed an affiliation agreement with the School of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.   The agreement will provide opportunities to pursue joint activities with other schools and programs as well as enhance teaching, research, international and cross-cultural capabilities of both institutions.

Dr. Hassan Nejad, dean of Ramapo College’s School of American and International Studies of Mahwah, Professor Jennefer Mazza of Ho-Ho-Kus and Professor Tom Heed of Cornwall, NY, who is retired, traveled to St. Petersburg last year to negotiate this agreement, which was signed in December.

The agreement formalizes an arrangement Ramapo College has had with the university in which Dr. Heed, along with Professor Alexander Kubyshkin, jointly teach a class about the Cold War to American and Russian students.

The agreement provides for faculty and student exchange, joint research projects, joint courses offered on-line or through video conferencing, jointly sponsored conferences, grant proposals and curriculum development.

Founded in 1724, St. Petersburg State University is the oldest university in Russia.
The School of International Relations is one of the largest and youngest schools at the university, with about 100 faculty members and more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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