Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Dean of GPS Visits with the President of the Dominican Republic

Pres.Fernandez AnthonyDavidson04DominicanRepublic 2012-07-20 210x130Anthony Davidson, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), recently visited the Dominican Republic National Palace, by invitation of President Leonel Fernández. During his visit, he discussed plans for collaboration between Manhattanville College and educational institutions in the Dominican Republic.

"My connection with the president (of the Dominican Republic) goes back for several years now," Davidson said. "When I told him about my new position at Manhattanville and the programs we are developing at GPS, he asked that I meet with him to discuss potential collaboration with him and the educational institutions he is involved with."

President Fernández served for 12 years as the President of the Dominican Republic (from 2004 - 2012 and from 1996 – 2000). At age 42, Fernández was the youngest person ever elected to the office.

From this meeting, many ideas for collaboration were developed including: graduate and executive education programs, seminars, and/or a series of courses presented in the Dominican Republic (DR) designed to transform students into educators and business leaders who can increase the country's competitiveness in the international arena; a condensed winter session course offering in the DR; the opportunity for Dominican students to enter dual-degree programs in which they would obtain both a Bachelors and Masters degree in five years; the opportunity for Dominican students to visit New York for condensed summer sessions, in which they would also meet with industry leaders; and specialized training through other departments at Manhattanville including, the English Language Institute, School of Education, Ballet, Theatre, Film, Writing and the Arts.

The Dominican Republic has the ninth largest economy in Latin America and the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. Fernández' administrations have focused on technological and infrastructural development and macroeconomic and monetary stability.

During his time in the Dominican Republic, Davidson also visited the Ministry of Education and discussed scholarship opportunities for students to attend Manhattanville since it offers a comprehensive education, in a suburban setting only 30 miles from New York City.

Listin Diario, considered the country's most prestigious newspaper, featured an interview with Davidson where he discusses the Dominican Republic's favorable position for expanding its pathways to the development of new businesses, new markets, and new opportunities. He also talked about Manhattanville College's prominent role in educating students to be prepared for the challenges of today's economy.

For the full article please click here. (Translation into English can be obtained using Google translator.)

President Fernández committed to visiting Manhattanville in the fall to continue discussions.