Occidental Joines Student Exchange Program With England's Pembroke College
Occidental College has joined a small and prestigious group of American colleges and universities by signing an academic exchange agreement with Pembroke College, Cambridge.
The program will kick off during the 2004-05 academic year.
“The exchange will allow one exceptional Occidental student to study at Pembroke for a full year, while a Pembroke student will come to Los Angeles or participate in Oxy’s United Nations program,” said Robin Craggs, director of the International Programs Office. Areas of study open to Oxy students at Pembroke include a wide range of the humanities, arts, and sciences.
Other American institutions that exchange students with 650-year-old Pembroke include Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. The signing of the agreement caps a two-year effort launched by 1987 Occidental alumnus Daryl Ogden, who spent two years at Pembroke while a pre-doctoral research fellow at the University of Washington. “We are tremendously grateful to Daryl for making possible this exciting and prestigious new opportunity for Oxy students,” Craggs said.
Pembroke is currently the most academically successful of the Cambridge Colleges as measured by the rigorous exam scores of its graduates. It is the third oldest college at Cambridge and hosts 400 undergraduates and 66 faculty members.
Occidental currently has 59 off-campus study programs in 30 countries. Some 139 students participated in those programs during the 2002-03 academic year.