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BERKELEY COLLEGE IN NEW YORK AND FRESENIUS UNIVERSITY OF GERMANY STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP
Leaders applaud role of global education in expanding economy
Photo Caption A: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12th District) (above) was one of several dignitaries who praised the partnership established between Fresenius University of Germany and Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, NY. Other civic leaders and offices that presented proclamations or remarks included: Brita Wagener, Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany in New York; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District); Howard Levine, Community Liaison, representing New York City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick; and Aldon Bonilla, Manhattan Deputy Borough President, Aldon Bonilla, Manhattan Deputy Borough President; Ludwig Fresenius, Honorary President, Fresenius University, and Botho von Portatius, President, Hochschule Fresenius.
Civic leaders joined representatives from Fresenius University of Germany and Berkeley College to laud the partnership between the two institutions of higher learning in Midtown Manhattan, NY, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on April 5, 2016, at Berkeley College. The partnership offers Fresenius University students the opportunity to gain intercultural abilities and academic experience by studying in facilities designed especially for Fresenius at Berkeley College in New York City.
Mr. Luing discussed how both institutions shared a focus on applied learning and preparing students for the workforce.
“Together we share the vision of a global degree where students can earn credits in multiple countries and one day we see dual degrees with students earning an American Degree and a European degree,” said Mr. Luing. “It’s a global society, and we see students taking internships outside their country and getting jobs in multinational companies where they can easily work in New York City, Berlin or anywhere else in the world.”
“We are honored that Fresenius University has selected Berkeley as its partner in New York,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “This is an example of what higher education can accomplish through collaboration – for our students, for our countries, and for business on a global scale.”
Professor Marcus Pradel, Board Chairman and Vice President for University Development and International Business Development, Fresenius University, said the opening of a new location in New York was a logical next step. “The internationalization plays an increasingly important role, whether in education, in research or internships abroad. As we open this new study center, we are expanding our activities in the U.S. further and giving our students a unique opportunity to gain intercultural capabilities and valuable personal and academic experience.”
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY 12th District) was one of several dignitaries who praised the partnership established between Fresenius University of Germany and Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, NY. “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change your future,” she said.
Other civic leaders and offices that presented proclamations or remarks included: Brita Wagener, Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany in New York; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District); Howard Levine, Community Liaison, representing New York City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick; Aldon Bonilla, Manhattan Deputy Borough President; Ludwig Fresenius, Honorary President, Fresenius University, and Botho von Portatius, President, Hochschule Fresenius.
Fresenius University’s school for international business is taught fully in English and includes study abroad components in its curriculum offered at Berkeley College in New York and other schools throughout the world. Berkeley College offers courses for 500 study-abroad-program students from more than 20 institutions of higher learning outside of the United States. Of these, 240 students last year were from Fresenius University.
New York State is the second top destination for international students. According to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, there are 106,758 international students enrolled at New York State colleges and universities, supporting 43,865 jobs, and contributing $3.7 billion to the state’s economy.
University Fresenius of Applied Sciences, founded in 1848, is one of the largest and oldest private universities in Germany, with over 10,000 students and locations in Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, and Idstein and the study centers in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt am Main. Hands-on, innovative study and educational contents that are at the same time aligned with the demands of the job market, small study groups, reputable cooperation partners as well as a comprehensive alumni network. Fresenius is accredited as a state-recognized, privately sponsored and operated university and offers vocational, professional and continuing education. Depending on location, the Faculty of Economics and Media offers Bachelor and Master degrees both full-time and as extra-occupational continuous education. In the fall of 2010, Fresenius University was awarded an institutional accreditation from the German Council of Science and Humanities for its “broad and innovative offering of Bachelor’s and Master’s Studies,” “its internationality” and its “convincingly designed practical orientation.”
Established in 1931, Berkeley College is a regionally accredited institution that serves more than 8,000 students in New York and New Jersey, including more than 700 international students representing nearly 100 countries. The Institute of International Education, in its 2014-2015 Open Doors Report, ranked Berkeley College as the seventh largest special focus institution serving international students in the United States. At Berkeley College, serving international students is integral to our commitment to diversity and to teaching and learning excellence.
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs for the third consecutive year, and as one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for the second consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption B: Civic and university leaders heralded the partnership between Fresenius University of Germany and Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, NY, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 5, 2016, at Berkeley College.Students from Fresenius University now have an opportunity to gain intercultural abilities and academic experience by studying on their own floor at Berkeley College in New York City.
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