Fitchburg State Reaffirms Transatlantic Partnerships

Despite the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, NEC member Fitchburg State University has continued its collaboration with Rhine-Waal University in Germany. The partnership between the two schools has been ongoing for years, with the most recent research project taking place in 2019. 

Fitchburg State recently conducted a survey exploring whether the transatlantic relationship obsolete and whether young people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean drift apart these days.  Of the 400 students surveyed, 67% of the Rhine-Waal respondents and 73% of the Fitchburg State respondents agreed it is important to maintain a transatlantic relationship. Additionally, 75-80% believe it is vital to have an intensive exchange and contact between American and German Students. The Universities plan to hold a virtual town hall and election night event.  

“All of us believe strongly in the importance of shared and candid dialogue, and we want to bridge divides and build greater trust across the younger generations,” said Professor Joshua Spero, a member of Fitchburg State’s Economics, History, and Political Science Department.  

The New England Council applauds Fitchburg University for their commitment to strengthening cross-cultural ties and fostering international dialogue. Read more in the Worcester Business Journal

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