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Liverpool Hope and Chestnut Hill College take first steps in new partnership

Chestnut Hill memorandum Friday 31 July 2015

Liverpool Hope University and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, have signed an agreement to explore the ways in which the two institutions can work together.  

Vice Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope, Professor Gerald Pillay, and Chestnut Hill College President Dr Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, signed a memorandum of understanding at Liverpool Hope University’s Hope Park campus.  

The two institutions will now seek ways to support each other’s work, to find opportunities of working together institutionally and to foster collaboration.

This could include joint research and teaching projects; the exchanging of academic information and publications; fostering internationalism through student and staff mobility, and undertaking other related activities linked to their joint mission.     

Located at the north-western edge of Philadelphia on 75 acres overlooking the Wissahickon Creek, Chestnut Hill College opened in 1924 as a Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college for women. Founded as Mount Saint Joseph College by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the College was renamed in 1938 as Chestnut Hill College. It is now a co-ed Liberal Arts college which also offers Masters and Doctoral study.

The signing was witnessed by Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University Lord Charles Guthrie, Chair of Liverpool Hope's University Council Monsignor John Devine, OBE and Dr. Wolfgang Natter, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Chestnut Hill College.

Dr Carol Jean Vale said: “Liverpool Hope will be a place where we can send our students with confidence that the mission that we are trying to inculcate in them will be fostered here as well. It’s quite obvious after having been here, that the whole tenor of your staff and faculty, their warmth and welcome, is the same as our faculty, so [our students] will have the attention and the respect that they need […] as people trying to reach their full potential.”

Professor Gerald Pillay said: “The signing of this memorandum is recognition of the common mission of two Christian foundations committed to making a difference in our societies.” 

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