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Italian University President Franco Pavoncello to Discuss Italian Politics at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 24, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College is pleased to welcome President Franco Pavoncello of John Cabot University (JCU), Rome, Italy, on Thursday, March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in the York Room of the Birch Mansion on the Ramapo campus. President Pavoncello’s lecture, titled “Comparative Lessons of Italian Politics,” is free and open to the public.

JCU, an American liberal arts university in the heart of Rome, is a U.S. accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that Ramapo College signed an agreement with in 2015. Since signing the agreement, Ramapo has had 19 students who have participated in various programs to date.

President Pavoncello received a B.A. in International Relations and Chinese and Japanese Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, then continued his studies at the University of Michigan, where he obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science.  He has been a member of the faculty at John Cabot University since 1990, where he served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 1996 to 2005 while continuing to lecture in Political Science. In 2005, he became Acting President of the University and was confirmed President in April 2006. The JCU Board of Trustees recently renewed President Pavoncello’s mandate until June of 2016.

A leading analyst of Italian politics, Dr. Pavoncello’s work has appeared in, among others, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Asian Studies, and World Affairs. He is also a well-known media commentator on Italian affairs, a contributor to major international newspapers, and appears regularly on radio and television networks, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Reuters Press and TV, International Herald Tribune and many other media organizations.

For information, please contact Ben Levy, Director of International Education at Ramapo College, at or 201-684-7533.


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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