WASHINGTON, DC - On June 14, 2017, The American University of Rome (AUR) hosted a reception for the Trustees and friends of AUR at the World Trade Center, DC (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center). Joan Carpenter, widow of AUR founder, David Colin, joined the reception and shared memories of AUR’s early years. University President, Richard Hodges commented that AUR is growing and looks set to have a special year in 2019 when the university celebrates 50 years. He paid special tribute to Ms. Carpenter as well as to retiring trustee, Ms. Suzanne Nicholson, a staunch supporter of the University for more than a decade and its unofficial historian.
The American University of Rome is the oldest US University in Italy, founded in 1969, as a “university without walls.” It has evolved by leaps and bounds, achieving Middle States accreditation in 2010 for undergraduate degrees, and in 2014, it welcomed its first Masters courses in applied areas of Liberal Arts. Now, as it looks towards its fiftieth anniversary year, it is establishing a signature program for all freshmen, and an honors track in Enterprise in the Liberal Arts. Located on Rome’s Janiculum Hill, with a cohort of 500 students and high faculty-student ratios, it offers great prospects for all its graduates, a high percentage of whom, having embraced internationalism, pursue further education or careers around the globe in diverse areas of interest, including international affairs, business, communication, film and digital media, travel and tourism management, sustainable cultural heritage, fine arts and arts management.
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