The University of New England has made a strategic decision to develop a global outreach beyond routine faculty-led travel courses or using the services of third-party providers. We don't hold empty agreements with other universities or institutions; the agreements we have signed in Spain, Morocco and France involve real partnerships, such as investing in outfitting new labs, developing exchange programs in health care professions, and sharing resources and faculty.
Institut des Études Politiques (IPE) at Saint-Germain-en-Laye
The University of New England signed a partnership agreement with the Institut des Études Politiques (IPE) at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, on April 10, 2015 to promote student exchange between the two institutions. Known as “Sciences Po,” the Saint-Germain-en-Laye institution is the tenth in a series of similar elite institutions around France.
The partnership involves a reciprocal exchange of students: Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye will send 10 students to UNE’s campuses in Maine and Morocco, and a similar number of UNE students will be able to study at Sciences Po near Paris. Courses available at both institutions will be in English, but UNE students can also take a course in the French language.
University Pablo de Olavide
UNE's agreement with the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain may be the first U.S. semester abroad program to establish lab-based science courses in English in a non-English speaking country. It allows UNE students to take lab-based courses in organic chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology developed to meet the academic standards of UNE's biology, pre-health professions and undergraduate health professions programs.
While in Seville students also have the opportunity to take UNE-approved courses in history, psychology, business, marketing, economics, political science and sociology—all offered in English. Most of these courses offer a focus on either the Spanish or global aspects of the academic discipline. Students are also required to take an intensive Spanish language course that begins two weeks prior to the semester and continues throughout the term.
The University Pablo de Olavide agreement was signed April 20, 2012 by UNE President Dr. Danielle Ripich and UPO President Dr. Juan Jiménez Martínez.
University of Granada
On April 23, 2012, UNE's President Ripich visited the University of Granada, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. She met with President Francisco González Lodeiro and signed a bilateral cooperation agreement between the two universities. She also met with the dean and faculty of the College of Pharmacy and with members of the Modern Language Center. The visit ended with a meeting with Dr. Ignacio Molina Pineda de las Infantas, vice president of UG's world-class Health Science Technological Park, and a tour of this state-of-the-art campus.
The initial focus of the agreement is to explore opportunities between the two universities' colleges of pharmacy. The goal is to allow UNE's doctor of pharmacy students to take some of their elective courses and clinical rotations in Granada and to foster research collaborations.
The University of Granada is an institution of 80,000 students that has top-notch programs in pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, social work and sport sciences, as well as a great number of research programs.
Al Akhawayn University
The University of New England and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), a leading American-style institution in Morocco and North Africa, signed an agreement on February 18, 2014 to collaborate on academic and cultural interchanges to advance the internationalization of higher education.
The agreement between the two universities enables the exchanges of faculty, students and staff that promote innovative academic and cultural experiences. These could include joint research projects; seminars, conferences and workshops; summer programs; blended teaching via information and communications technology (ICT); and community service and service learning opportunities. Online education and student life are other areas where the institutions could benefit from their partnership.
Both university campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including modern laboratories, classrooms and residence halls, and are easily accessible to major cities such as Rabat, Casablanca, Fez and Meknes. Students are taught by faculty researchers and scholars who are leading experts in their fields.
University Abdelmalek Essaadi
To strengthen UNE’s presence in Morocco and the region, UNE's President Ripich and Professor Houdaifa Ameziane, the President of University Abdelmalek Essaadi, the main public university system in the province of Tangier, signed an agreement on June 22, 2012 to explore faculty exchanges, research collaborations and common projects.
With its diverse geography, Morocco is at a crossroads of civilizations and languages. The main cultures of the Mediterranean basin—from the Phoenician to the Muslim, the Arab and the Berber, the European and the African—have mingled in Morocco to create a colorful and rich society, famous for its world-class cuisine, its kaftans, and its legendary hospitality. A stable and mature nation, Morocco offers an ideal setting to examine some of the major issues facing the world today, such as water scarcity, the future of energy, and the tensions between Islam and the West.
Deering High School
The University of New England and Portland's Deering High School forged a partnership on January 24, 2013 to make new learning opportunities available to Deering students and faculty.
As a result of the partnership, Deering students will be able to attend lectures by international experts at UNE’s Portland campus. UNE students who have traveled abroad will also share their experiences with Deering students. UNE faculty will provide professional development for Deering’s staff on topics such as the importance of developing a global outlook.
In the future, Deering students may be able to attend some UNE classes for college credit, and may have opportunities to participate in UNE’s international travel programs, including the program based on UNE's newest campus in Tangier, Morocco.