This agreement provides RASIT with a home base on Felician's Rutherford campus and affords the opportunity for the princess to conduct seminars and lectures on topics of global significance there.
Dr. Anne Prisco, president of Felician University, emphasized Felician's commitment to heighten the institution's overarching mission to make a difference in the international community and bring even more diversity to its campuses in Rutherford and Lodi by attracting international students from around the world.
"Part of our vision is to provide more international and global perspectives for our students," Dr. Prisco said at the signing. "That vision is a definitive, critical component of Felician's strategic plan."
Dr. Mary Norton, the Global Academic Initiatives/Felician University NGO representative to the United Nations, played an integral role in bringing Princess El-Hashemite to the university.
Among other initiatives, the princess will promote sustainable development, global health and gender equality in the United States, particularly within the scientific sector, including the health care, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Princess El-Hashemite is the granddaughter of King Faisal I Bin El-Sharif Hussein, the first king of Iraq and founder of the modern state of Iraq.
RASIT is an independent, international, non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, and has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, Felician University is an independent, co-educational Catholic/Franciscan institution founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters in 1942 to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition.
Felician University offers programs in arts and sciences, business, nursing and teacher education. For more information, visit www.felician.edu.