Highlights and Milestones

2002

  • 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

2003

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

2004

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

2006

  • 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

2008

  • 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

2009

  • 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)

2010

  • 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

2011

  • 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

2012

  • 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

2014

  • 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

2015

  • 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