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Ramapo College Selected for Prestigious National Program: A Network for Understanding the New Europe

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 5, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College of New Jersey has been selected to participate as a Flagship Campus in a program offered by New York University and the European Union, A Network for Understanding the New Europe.

Ramapo College will become a regional partner for the program, which is designed to promote greater knowledge of Europe in the New York metro area and in other strategically chosen areas throughout the country. It is organized around three themes—immigration, politics, and economics in the European Union. Themes were selected for their immediate connection and relevance to the American public.

A proposal submitted by the Dean of the School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS) and a team of scholars from the Salameno School of American and International Studies (SSHGS), all with extensive knowledge of global economic, political, cultural and social affairs, was accepted out of national request for submissions. Ramapo is one of 20 institutions selected from across the United States.

Faculty who will participate include Professor of Political Economy Behzad Yaghmaian, Professor of Sociology Henri Lustiger Thaler, and Professor of International Studies Hassan Nejad. Dean of SSHS Samuel Rosenberg will maintain records and report outcomes of the two-year grant. The College will receive monies to help defray the cost of hosting a conference, lectures and other events on campus, as well as sending faculty to participate at other sites.

“We are pleased that this grant will allow Ramapo College to establish itself as a regional resource and provide a service to Bergen County and the rest of New Jersey,” said Dean Samuel Rosenberg, of the College’s School of Social Science and Human Services.

A member of the Ramapo team will attend a June seminar Understanding the New Europe: Immigration that will be held at New York University from June 10 through 14. In conjunction with this seminar, a panel discussion will be held in collaboration with NYU’s Center for Global Affairs on the challenges of immigration to the new Europe. Network Summer seminar participants, along with the general public, will be invited to attend the event on June 12. A Winter program will be held in January in Athens, Greece. A third seminar will be held in June 2014.

The program was developed at NYU’s Faculty Resource Network, which provides faculty members with an atmosphere for learning and exchanging ideas. Partner institutions were selected based on their rich history of connecting with minority communities in the United States. Among the participating institutions are 15 historically Black colleges and universities, 14 Hispanic-serving institutions, a native Hawaiian-Pacific Islander institution, a military academy, community colleges, and a tribal college.

At Ramapo College, where international education is tenet of the curriculum, a series of lectures, discussions and seminars will be open to residents and educators of the region, including development of a K-12 curriculum that will be shared with area schools:

  • A major conference will include national scholars to speak on key issues.
  • Café Euro will offer a series of four annual workshops to discuss topics related to the EU.
  • Four seminars will be offered for future teachers via the Master’s Program in Educational Leadership.
  • During the 2013-15 academic years, the Master’s in Sustainability Studies Program will host workshops on EU sustainability and implications for the United States.
  • Ramapo scholars will present to members of the area’s religious communities to discuss common concerns shared with their European counterparts.
  • Cultural events and public lectures will be open to the public.
  • Briefing sessions will be held for local officials and industry leaders.

For more information about upcoming programs, telephone 201-684-7624.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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