The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., has made the globalization of campus one of his top priorities since becoming the 26th president of Niagara University in August 2013.
In his inaugural address, Father Maher stressed the importance of fostering “an academic environment that is, at its core, grounded in the liberal arts, preparing graduates for a globalized workplace and the interface of cultures, or in the words of Father Lynch, to be citizens of the world.”
Hence, Father Maher has visited Asia several times to recruit students and sign international memorandums of understanding with international colleges and universities.
On April 8, Father Maher and a group of Niagara University administrators returned to Vietnam, where they represented the first American university invited to participate in a seminar with the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs. NU officials met with several institutions and organizations during the trip, including:
- Foreign Trade University
- Hanoi University of Home Affairs
- Institute of State Organizational Sciences from the Ministry of Home Affairs
- St. Paul American School, Hanoi
Dr. Debra Colley, dean of NU’s College of Education, and Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the College of Business Administration, submitted periodic updates from the trip, which can be found on the website for Niagara University’s Office of International Relations.