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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 19, 2000

(Mahwah) – The World Game, played on a 70 foot by 35 foot map of the world, will be the opening event at the Governor’s School of International Studies, held at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The map, the world’s largest and most accurate, serves as a game board for interactive events that simulate the structure of global problems, resource distribution and political interconnections. The World Game will be played Monday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ramapo College gym. One hundred students from around the State who were accepted into the Governor’s School of International Studies, an intensive College Honors Program for high school rising seniors, will participate.

The Governor’s School of International Studies, an intensive, four-week residential program which runs through July 29, will offer scholars a unique mix of experiential learning, classroom discussions and presentations, and technology-savvy skills workshops in human rights, international social issues, trade policy, public health, environmentalism and media literacy. The program includes a weeklong stay in Quebec City, Canada, enabling scholars to be directly immersed in the historical, cultural, political and religious reality of another culture. This Quebec City program component will focus on the origins and causes underlying the separatist movement in Canada.

Following the week in Quebec City, scholars will return to the Ramapo College campus for additional coursework. Daily activities will include morning sessions on topics such as international business and finance, diplomacy and negotiation, public health, human rights, and the environment. Afternoons and evenings will feature field trips, multicultural events, and panel discussions. Throughout the three weeks on Ramapo’s campus, scholars will also participate in computer-assisted simulations and use Geographical Information System (GIS) software allowing them to analyze data spatially on issues such as refugee movements, world hunger, and global ecology. In addition, Global Media Literacy Workshops will help scholars hone critical language arts and electronic media skills while providing an awareness of the growing influence of mass media, broadcast journalism, and advertising.

“In the present globalization of our society, this is a unique experiential learning environment which allows students to grapple with the challenges that will confront them as we move into the 21st century,” says Terence Miller, director of International and Intercultural Education at Ramapo College.

The World Game is presented by the World Game Institute, a non-profit research and education organization that was inspired by the pioneering work of architect, philosopher and visionary Buckminster Fuller. Its mission is to prepare people for responsible citizenship in a global society.

For more information on the Governor’s School of International Studies at Ramapo College contact Patti Zontanos at (201) 684-7263.

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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 CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, 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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