(February 24, 2009) -- Father Bernard O'Connor, DeSales University President, visited Peru from February 12 to 20, to formalize relationships the University has been developing in recent years. Peru is part of a global network of partners that already has established strategic relationships with DeSales. The network includes institutions in India, Italy, United Kingdom and Romania. Within the next two years, it will add partners in another country in South America, two countries in Africa and one in the Far East.
During his visit, Fr. O'Connor paid a brief courtesy call to the Cardinal Archbishop of Lima, Peru. Following the courtesy call, Fr. O'Connor, accompanied by a senior administrative team, signed agreements with two institutions in Lima, Peru: Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Coras?n (UNIFE).
Wishing to promote cordial, collegial and educationally significant relationships in ways that will advance the larger missions of the partners, the presidents of the three institutions agreed to deliver the DSU MBA Program in Project Management; design and deliver a dual undergraduate degree program; promote academic study tours in each country; encourage student and faculty exchange; and create English and Spanish immersion programs.
"Through such partnership agreements we are able to enrich the lives of students, promote faculty development and create cross-cultural understanding that is critical to human solidarity."
For the past five years, DeSales students, supported by four years of federal grants, have been active in the village of Cuchuma, high in the Andes Mountains.
Fr. O'Connor believes such partnership agreements are mutually beneficial because they help American higher education serve learners in many countries while also enabling it to learn much from its partners in the process.
"The world will be driven by global innovation networks - - not just in manufacturing or business supply chains, but in all fields of human endeavor," said Fr. O'Connor. "Human diversity contributes to creative capacity, and so we must prepare our graduates for that complex, fast-moving world."
According to Fr. O'Connor, the goal is to build a global network of partners, especially with institutions that have connections to the Salesian family of religious orders within the Catholic church, so that the University can pursue its mission to provide men and women with quality higher education according to the philosophy of Christian Humanism as developed by Saint Francis de Sales and his spiritual heirs.
"We believe that by fostering a dialogue between Roman Catholic faith and human culture, we are able to offer our students a rich and globally relevant educational experience," said O'Connor. "Such experiences are essential to promote understanding among diverse people, to mitigate regional and international conflict, and to foster economic prosperity for all."
Press Release: DeSales University Plants Flag in Peru | Posted on: 2/24/2009
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