Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has signed a memorandum of understanding with Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. The college says the agreement will “promote a partnership for ongoing communication and commitment to exploring mutually beneficial activities and experiences.”
SMWC says both schools are working to provide opportunities for students to enroll in undergraduate or graduate programs and establishing a joint effort to support faculty, teaching, research and study abroad exchanges.
“This new partnership will help students and faculty, through the various areas of collaborations, to broaden their own sense of identity, widen their cross-cultural perspective and awaken in ways that lead to new multifaceted ideas,” said Dr. Lamprini Pantazi, dean of the business and leadership department at SMWC. “They will learn how to strategically lead a team of diverse people and collaboratively analyze and address complex problems that transcend borders.”
The agreement is part of the college’s expansion of its global leadership initiatives. Earlier this year, SMWC announced its first doctoral program in global leadership, which launched this fall.
SMWC says it is also in the process of signing a similar MOU with Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.