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Bloomfield partners with Saudi Arabia college

By: Andrew Mees, Director of College and Athletics Communications                communications@bloomfield.edu

Bloomfield College continued its global expansion by welcoming a new international partner on Aug. 11, as the institution formally announced a partnership with Jazan University of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and welcomed 17 students and one professor for a four-week stay in America.

“The College’s global partnerships continue to expand with our first cohort of students from Saudi Arabia,” Bloomfield President Richard Levao said. “It is no exaggeration to say that our planet’s survival will depend on all the world’s peoples, from many traditions and backgrounds, living with and learning from one another in cooperation and respect. Higher education must play a role in that goal and I am proud that Bloomfield College is a part of that effort.”

One of the country’s largest public, nonprofit higher education institutions, the Jazan group will stay on Bloomfield’s 11-acre campus from Aug. 7-Sept. 9, taking classes in English while experiencing American culture on trips to New York City, Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 2003, the International Students Program at the institution is comprised of students hailing from 35 countries, including Korea, France, China, Brazil and the Czech Republic. With the emergence of globalization in the field of higher education, the college has made significant strides in transforming the institution into a global academic destination.

“Through this exciting new bond, Bloomfield College will be able to expand its mission into the Middle East,” Vice President for Global Affairs and Professional Studies Peter Jeong said. “This will become the milestone that opens our doors to Middle Eastern countries, and their journeys to our campus will only further enhance the wonderful diversity Bloomfield College has to offer.”

A diverse institution in Bloomfield, N.J. that features a student body of 2,145 students, Bloomfield College has recently been named among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "Best Colleges" rankings. Offering over 60 majors and concentrations, the four-year institution will welcome students back to campus with a new state-of-the-art, 84,000-square-foot residence hall completed in August of 2014, doubling the school's on-campus resident population to nearly 600 students.