Gannon University Expands Its International Reach

Posted: February 14, 2014

Gannon University has signed two new international exchange agreements: one with Marie Curie-Sklodowksa University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland (a sister city of Erie), and a second with Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück, Germany.

These agreements aim to fulfill the University's mission of preparing students to be global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and professional specializations.

Partnering with strong European universities known for their excellence in teaching and research gives students and faculty unparalleled cultural and academic opportunities. Gannon University's College of Engineering and Business will be spearheading the initial cooperative efforts. The recent harmonization of European university degrees with U.S. bachelor's and master's degrees, and the growing offering of courses taught in English (especially business and engineering courses) at European universities allow students and faculty to move seamlessly across these two continents' systems of higher education.

Dr. W.L. Scheller II, Dean of the College of Engineering & Business, and Dr. Bruce Kibler, a faculty member in the Dahlkemper School of Business, travelled to Lublin, Poland and Osnabrück, Germany to sign these agreements on behalf of Gannon University. Germany is viewed as a focus for Gannon's internationalization efforts due the high level of internationalization already present in the German educational system (many German programs require students to spend at least one semester abroad) as well as its strong engineering focus, the rich offering of courses taught in English and the safe atmosphere for students.

These agreements are part of a strategic initiative in building a worldview for students and faculty via intensive interaction with partner universities in other countries. This brings to four the number of agreements reached by Gannon University with international partner institutions this year. In March, agreements were signed with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, and the University of Osnabrück (a more research based institution in the same city) in Germany. These agreements solidify a European presence for Gannon, which has already established relationships in the Middle East (Jordan), Southeast Asia (Thailand), and Australia.

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University was founded in 1944 and has a current enrollment in excess of 35,000 students and a faculty of more than 1,800. Lublin is well known as Erie's sister city in Poland.

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1971 and has a current enrollment of 11,200 students, including 700 international students from more than 85 countries. A faculty of 460 teaches in 91 programs (64 bachelor's and 27 master's programs including MBA).