UMaine, Pa. school enter into accord

Posted Nov. 03, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — An agreement between the presidents of the University of Maine and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., will facilitate priority admission of Dickinson students into the UMaine master of arts in global policy program in the School of Policy and International Affairs.

The affiliation, set to begin in fall 2011, is expected to expand to include possible faculty exchanges between the two institutions, teaching or research collaboration, and joint seminars, conferences, classes and cultural programs involving both faculty and students, according to a press release issued by UMaine earlier this week.

Some of the activities could involve distance-learning technologies, according to the agreement signed by UMaine President Robert Kennedy and Dickinson President William Durden.

“Our expanded and formalized collaboration with Dickinson College will provide significant opportunity for students who aspire to graduate degrees in this vital field of study,” Kennedy said. “The institutions will further benefit by combining our scholarly efforts and fostering greater understanding of international policy and the attendant issues.”

Dickinson College is described by U.S. News & World Report’s college ranking guide as a highly selective, private liberal arts college known for its innovative curriculum. The 180-acre college has nearly 2,400 students and offers 41 majors with an emphasis on international studies, according to the UMaine press release.

It has more than 40 study-abroad programs in 24 countries on six continents and offers 13 modern languages. Its curricular strengths include global education and environmental sustainability, says U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the school 47th out of 266 liberal arts colleges nationwide.

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