American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola has entered into partnership with Marlboro College in the United States, to enhance the educational experience and cross-cultural understanding of students and faculty at both institutions.
President Dawn Dekle and her Marlboro College counterpart Dr. Kevin Quigley signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of their respective institutions when the latter visited AUN earlier this month, a statement said.
According to the statement, the cooperative relationship aims to cultivate engaged learning between students and faculty from AUN and Marlboro College through student exchanges while providing for other joint academic endeavors, such as summer programs or faculty exchanges of mutual benefit.
President Dekle, who expressed satisfaction with the new relationship said: “AUN is partnering with the Marlboro College learning community because of Marlboro’s unique liberal arts approach and ‘intentional’ structure of the school. The mission and values of Marlboro mirror our AUN philosophy of education, which is ‘complete education’ and meant to develop academics and skills through coursework and practical training.”
“The World Studies Program, Clear Writing Requirement, and Town Meetings at Marlboro allow students to forge deep friendships with other students who have different backgrounds than their own, and allow them to understand how a learning community operates and their own place and responsibility in that educational environment.
“I hope our AUN students embrace the opportunities offered through our partnership with Marlboro College, ready to engage in courageous conversations and form lifelong bonds with everyone.”
Marlboro President Quigley said: “Marlboro is committed to offering students international experiences that expand their horizons and launch them into a life of meaningful work.”
The Director of Global Learning and International Services at Marlboro, Maggie Patari, said: “AUN is an ideal partner for Marlboro, with a focus on arts and sciences, but also technology and entrepreneurship, in the interest of future sustainable development,”
“We are fortunate to have this new partner providing the skills and leadership to help students address the social and economic challenges in the region, and the world,"She said.