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Skidmore selected for NYU program on the "New Europe"

May 9, 2013

Skidmore selected for NYU program on the "New Europe"


Skidmore College is one of 20 institutions selected to be a “flagship campus” for a new program launched by New York University to help increase understanding of the European Union and its influence worldwide. Organized by NYU’s Faculty Resource Network with support from the EU, the program is titled “A Network for Understanding the New Europe.”

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The goal of the initiative is “to raise awareness about EU policies and institutions, the EU’s role as an international actor in the economic and political field, and the value of the EU-US relationship.” The New Europe project will work to promote greater knowledge of Europe both in the New York metro area and throughout the U.S. at participating colleges and universities. The project will be run in partnership with NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.

The 20 flagship campuses have agreed to send faculty members as “institutional ambassadors” to faculty-development seminars on EU topics. One seminar will examine the issue of immigration and its socio-economic and political effects on all of Europe, while another will explore the EU’s role in the world economy. A third seminar, to take place in Athens, Greece, will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the history, structure, and politics of the European Union while residing briefly in an EU country.

The three seminars are designed to provide the attendees with a foundation on which to build educational programs on Europe for their campuses and local communities.

Among the other 19 institutions selected for the program are University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii; Spelman College; Wagner College; and the University of Vermont.

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