PSU Joins Forces with Italy Based St. John International University

December 3rd, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
From a 16th century castle in urban Italy to a rural campus in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, understanding and protecting the environment is a critical academic goal. Now, students from those two locations will be able to study environmental topics through an agreement between Plymouth State University and St. John International University (SJIU). The two institutions recently agreed to offer each other’s students accredited undergraduate courses. SJIU, the first environmental American University in Italy, is a private university located in Vinovo, which is just outside Torino.

Lorenzina Zampedri, chair of the St. John International University Board of Directors, said the agreement brings together two institutions with the same goals.

“These two universities are in two completely different places. St. John is in a very industrialized city, while Plymouth is in a rural location. But our missions are absolutely the same in studying the environment and promoting sustainability,” said Zampedri.

SU President Sara Jayne Steen said the different locations will enhance possibilities for student learning and research.

SJIU Signing
From left to right, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and St. John International University’s Lorenzina Zampedri with the memorandum of understanding linking the environmental studies courses of the two schools.

“This partnership will provide wonderful, complementary opportunities for students,” said Steen. “For example, people looking to solve a certain kind of problem, such as air pollution or water quality, might be able to look at that issue in two different environments and explore ways to approach it, which would be helpful both for the students and for the regions where our Universities are located.”

SJIU’s campus “Della Rovere” is a renaissance castle dating back to the 16th Century. Their main administrative New Hampshire office is located in Concord.

JIU offers undergraduate programs in Art History, Business Administration, Environmental Architecture, Environmental Science, and Film Studies, and graduate programs in Business, Arts Administration, and Architecture, each emphasizing the environment in its curriculum. All degrees are approved by the state of New Hampshire Post Secondary Education Commission.

Plymouth State University’s Environmental Science and Policy program prepares graduates to meaningfully address environmental issues in the Lakes Region and around the world. The program produces graduates well-versed in complex fields and social and environmental disciplines. The degree program includes classes from the social sciences, sciences, business, and more. PSU offers a bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Policy, Community and Environment Option and Environmental Science Option . PSU also offers a master’s in Environmental Science and Policy, coordinated by PSU’s Center for the Environment in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies. The program focuses on applied environmental science, policy implications, and science translation. The degree prepares students for careers as scientists and resource managers in agencies, government, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, and academia.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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