Global Engagement

International Profile

About the University and our history of global initiatives.

Adelphi University was the first private, coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island, New York. Since its foundation, more than 100,000 students have passed through our doors, leaving their mark on the University and the world. Adelphi places high value on creating a globally engaged community. Every year, Adelphi hosts more than 400 degree-seeking international students and sends more than 200 students abroad.  

Adelphi’s colleges and schools include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and Public Health, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, School of Social Work and University College.  

Adelphi’s Global Legacy

The story of Adelphi University is interwoven with a legacy of peacemaking, internationalism and global engagement. Charles Levermore, Ph.D., the first president of Adelphi College (1896-1912), was a renowned peace advocate throughout his life and was a classmate and friend of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. He assisted President Wilson in advancing the cause of the League of Nations and won the prestigious Bok Peace Prize in 1924 for the best practical plan by which the United States may cooperate with other nations to achieve and preserve the peace of the world. Twenty years later, Adelphi’s Harvey and Alumnae Halls were dedicated by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose keynote address challenged listeners to become engaged humanitarians and serve those who would be suffering in the aftermath of World War II. Three years later, she began drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations, which now forms the foundation of international human rights law. 

Today, the challenge to create practical plans for peace remains as relevant as ever, and ambassadors, humanitarians and world leaders still grace the stages and classrooms of Adelphi. Building on its tradition of engagement with the international community, Adelphi continues to promote the study and practice of peace, human rights and justice through the following programs – International Studies, Political Science, Peace Studies and Levermore Global Scholars, among others. Through the dedicated efforts of many faculty members, students and administrators, we have developed extraordinary programs that now allow our campus community to have direct access into the world of international affairs. In 2003, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the United Nations approved and accredited Adelphi University as a non-governmental organization (NGO), promoting the role of civil society at the United Nations. This special status was granted in recognition of Adelphi’s long-standing commitment to bringing global awareness, international understanding and knowledge about the United Nations to the University community and the public. 

In the last decade, Adelphi has hosted nearly 30 ambassadors and has welcomed former diplomats into the ranks of its visiting faculty. Throughout the academic year, dozens of students and faculty members attend special NGO briefings and events at the United Nations Headquarters due to our special accreditation, and many more represent the University at national and international conferences affiliated with the United Nations. In line with his vision to create a more globally engaged University, in 2010, President Robert A. Scott also led the effort for Adelphi to become one of the charter members of the new United Nations Academic Impact Initiative. This emerging coalition of international universities and colleges seeks to provide further coordination among institutions of higher education aimed at promoting the realization of the UN Millennium Development Goals. 

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