NEW HAVEN — Southern Connecticut State University President Joe Bertolino says he believes the university already is a global campus. This spring, however, the university intends to also expand its campus globally.
For nearly a half-decade, SCSU has built a relationship with the United Kingdom’s Liverpool John Moores University, with longtime friends Connecticut State Board of Regents for Higher Education board member Lawrence DeNardis and LJMU Board of Governors Chairman Sir Malcolm Thornton connecting the two. This fall, the two universities officially launch their first joint academic program: a master’s program in coastal resiliency.
“Over the last year, we’ve had undergraduate and graduate students going back and forth (between the two campuses),” Bertolino said. “It’s been extremely exciting, and LJMU is a sister institution in many respects.”
Both campuses serve a large share of first-generation college students in urban port cities — New Haven and Liverpool — Bertolino said, so both are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The location and SCSU’s Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies made a coastal resiliency program a natural candidate for an exchange program, he said. Students in the program will travel overseas, splitting their time between the two campuses.
The two universities are also planning further partnerships — such as an accelerated master’s of business administration program and a sports management degree program — which would make them the first international universities to collaborate on multiple degree programs.
Although SCSU and LJMU are forging ahead with their partnership, they are beginning to loop in other universities, as well. In May, Bertolino and an SCSU delegation will travel to the British Council’s Going Global convention in Malaysia, where the delegation will meet with delegations from LJMU, Shanghai Normal University and MARA University of Technology to establish a “consortium” between the universities from the United States, United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.
“We’re all of a similar type,” said Nigel Weatherill, vice chancellor of LJMU, who was visiting SCSU Monday. “We’re very focused on students and can open opportunities for staff and students, building self-confidence for students.”
Bertolino said the consortium will have its inaugural meeting in Kuala Lumpur so there’s not a concrete blueprint, but there is an expressed intention for more joint degree programs.
“This is an extension of…