Felician University and Consortium of Italian Universities Unite to Develop New Academic Programs

(November 12, 2018) – Felician University and the Italian Culture on the Net (ICoN), a consortium of 18 Italian universities, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on November 6th that will enrich the educational experience of Felician's student body as well as contribute to the globalization of the University. ICoN will serve as an international partner for Felician through the development of strategic initiatives and educational programs, ranging from basic Italian language courses to, eventually, dual degree and master’s offerings. The partnership, which will go into effect during the 2019 academic year, also provides an opportunity for Felician students to minor in Italian and participate in a one- to two-week immersion experience in Italy - strengthening the University’s commitment to creating global-minded leaders.


Attending the signing of the MOU was Dr. Anne Prisco, President of Felician University; Dr. Sylvia McGeary, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs; Francesco Genuardi, the Consul General of the Italian Consulate New York; Professor Mirko Tavoni, President of ICoN, Dante Scholar and Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Pisa; and Silvana Mangione, Deputy Secretary General at the General Council of Italians Abroad.

“We continue to explore opportunities to expand and enrich our students’ experiences beyond campus grounds," said Felician President, Dr. Anne Prisco. "This partnership provides our students with endless opportunities to explore new cultures, cities and studies.”

The signing was preceded by a tour of Felician's Iviswold Castle and Education Commons. The guests also attended a luncheon with senior leadership from Felician and representatives from the Cavalieri Society, an Italian American society of members decorated by the Republic of Italy. Following the signing of the MOU, the group attended the lecture, Sacred Conversation: Dante and the Canto of St. Francis, by Professor Mirko Tavoni.

Professor Tavoni presented his perspective of St. Francis as revealed through the conversations of Dante and St. Thomas Aquinas, starting from the 11th Canto of the Paradiso. From there, Professor Tavoni expanded on the relationships and perspectives of St. Francis found in the Paradiso, focusing on the references to poverty. The presentation also featured photos of works by Giotto.

About Felician University

Felician University engages over 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in arts & sciences, business, nursing, and education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. Felician University’s education is ranked 3rd best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked #1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.

About the Italian Culture on the Net ICoN

Italian Culture on the Net, is a Consortium of Italian Universities, founded in 1999, with the aim of promoting and spreading Italian language and culture in the world through e-learning and new technologies. The Italian Universities that belong to the Consortium are Bologna, Catania, Genoa, Milano Statale, Napoli l'Orientale, Padua, Parma, Pavia, Pisa, Rome La Sapienza, Rome Tor Vergata, Roma Tre, Salerno, Turin, Venice and the two Universities for Foreigners of Siena and Perugia.