Highlights and Milestones


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University partners with the Ambassadors Club at the United Nations to create the FDU UN Pathways Program
  • H.E. Ahmad Kamal, former Permanent Representative to the UN from Pakistan, begins teaching at FDU
  • FDU became one of only three universities in the United States to be awarded NGO status with the United Nations Department of Public


  • FDU-UN Internship program launched
  • UN officials from Office of Peacekeeping and World Health Organization join FDU’s Global Virtual Faculty program


  • FDU-UN Club launched (later evolves into chapters of the United Nations Association of the United States)


  • Frank Brunetti, FDU professor of law and taxation, joins the UN Group of Experts on Cooperation in International Tax Matters
  • FDU establishes Diplomacy Track for Master of Administrative Science program, enrolling dozens of UN diplomats and officials


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University joins forces with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) to establish pre- and post-conference programs for the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty draft the Ten Principles of the UN Academic Impact Program
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announces the UN Academic Impact program at FDU’s Academic Convocation
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon receives an honorary doctorate (the first to be awarded to the Secretary General by an American university)
  • Dr. Janet Sigal, FDU Professor of Psychology, co-chairs 18th Annual Celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, at UN HQ in New York City


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University joins the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Business Education (PRME)
  • FDU designs and hosts the official membership website for the UN Academic Impact program (http://academicimpact.org)


  • 22 FDU faculty members join NGO committees at the UN, dealing with issues including sustainability, human rights, women, and youth
  • FDU President J. Michael Adams and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon jointly launch the UN Academic Impact program at UN HQ in New York City
  • FDU became the first university in the world to officially join the UN Academic Impact program
  • Through the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN, FDU provided pro bono consulting and research services toward the development of the Pan African University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University becomes the first university in the world to be granted Special Consultative Status by the UN Economic and Social Council


  • Model UN Club established on Vancouver Campus
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University elected to the Executive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relations with the United Nations
  • Under the auspices of the Office of the Under Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, FDU students conducted an African Youth Consultation on higher education issues


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University elected to the Executive Committee of UN NGO-DPI
  • UN Pathways program celebrates 10th anniversary, honoring Ambassador Ahmad Kamal
  • Through its Global Education Outreach program, FDU begins to take groups of underserved youth for tours and briefings at the UN


  • Vancouver Model UN Club compete in World Model UN at UN HQ in New York City, earning “distinguished delegation” award
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon accepts the inaugural J. Michael Adams Award for Global Leadership and Service, awarded by the International Association of University Presidents
  • Inaugural J. Michael Adams Lecture at UN by Hayat Sindi, pioneering academic and medical researcher from Saudi Arabia and Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO (U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  • FDU adopts membership in the UN Global Compact as part of its 2014-19 Strategic Plan


  • Vancouver Campus Model UN Club competes in World Model UN in the Republic of Korea
  • H.E. Hamid Al Bayati, former Permanent Representative from Iraq to the UN, begins teaching at FDU
  • Second Annual J. Michael Adams Lecture at UN by Ambassador Thomas Pickering