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Villanova, PA: Six students from the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur have been selected to travel to Japan and Singapore in June 2017 as representatives of the Academy’s Center for Global Leadership.
The students will visit three of the "sister schools" in the Center for Global Leadership's growing network of global academic partnerships. The students will travel to The Sacred Heart High School for Girls in Taipei, Taiwan; to Notre Dame Seishin Junior and Senior High School in Hiroshima, Japan; and to CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School in Singapore.
Students will engage with different cultures as they stay with host families, attend classes at each school, visit historical and cultural sites, participate in a student-led panel discussion on peace, and visit the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.
"The Center for Global Leadership will help expand our students' world view in a meaningful way," said Nora Moffat, Director of the Center. "I hope that they will see the interconnectedness and similarities of our world, as well as understand the differences where they exist, in order to come to thoughtful and informed opinions."
Planning for the Center for Global Leadership began in 2015 with development of a five-year strategic plan under the leadership of the Academy's President, Dr. Judith Dwyer. "The mission of the Center is to provide students with authentic learning experiences that educate, empower, and inspire them to be intellectually curious and compassionate leaders prepared to lead and serve the global community," said Dwyer. "We are connecting our students as global citizens to an international learning community of girls' schools around the world that are recognized for their excellence."
Dwyer traveled to Asia to initiate partnerships with four girls' schools in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore, and a Notre Dame student and faculty member participated in a leadership conference in Taiwan in 2016 as the Center's first representatives. The Academy plans to expand the network to include schools in South America, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Canada in the future.
In November, students from Singapore visited Notre Dame, and the Academy is preparing to welcome teachers and students from Japan and Taiwan this spring. "As our students examine cultural, socioeconomic, religious or geographical differences, they will deal on a deep level with the diversity and complexity of our world in a way that will prepare them to be compassionate leaders in the future," said Dwyer.
Students representing the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur shown with Director Nora Moffat: (L-R Front) Emily Szela, Caroline Voegele, Caitlyn Hayes, (L-R Back) Sophia Skorup, Ellen Lavin, and Isabelle Molinari.