The non-profit, which is recognised by the US government as the Standard Development Organisation for education overseas, decided to extend the agreement with the liberal arts college through 2025 after a “rigorous, competitive” review process.
Dickinson’s 2,000 students will have continued access to the Forum’s “expertise and leadership”, which its executive director for the Centre for Global Study and Engagement – Dickinson’s hub for internationalisation – believes will make for an ideal partnership.
“Our large global footprint which includes over 25 international partnerships with staff and faculty in 10 countries, collaborations across campus, strong engagement of our faculty, and relentless drive to innovate make Dickinson a natural partner and home for The Forum, ” Samantha Brandauer said.
The Forum holds resources and training, advocates for education abroad and “develops and disseminates comprehensive standards of good practice” for its member associations, of which there are over 700.
“The Forum’s partnership with [Dickinson] has never been more critical”
On the heels of Dickinson launching a new graduate degree, relationships with high school programs and ongoing work with international partners, the Forum’s president and CEO Melissa Torres was optimistic.
“The Forum’s partnership with [Dickinson] has never been more critical.
“Our recent conversations… have led to numerous, new and exciting areas of potential collaboration to further expand and deepen this relationship.”
Dickinson has long been known for its focus on a more global education “at home and abroad”, and the Forum’s strategic partnership has resulted in the organisation placing its headquarters at the college since 2006.
Both Dickinson and the Forum are said to be looking forward to furthering their “extraordinarily successful and mutually beneficial” collaboration.
Torres also stressed the Forum and Dickinson’s mutual goals.
“[Dickinson’s] priorities around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and sustainability are of particular interest in our vision for the future,” Torres added.
“We look forward to exploring these and other opportunities to ensure the continued success of Dickinson and The Forum.”
The news of the partnership renewal comes after Forum announced it would be adopting an “ambitious, new strategic plan” to give the non-profit the ability to grow its membership within and beyond the US, “expanding its impact”.