New Jersey City University opened the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies with a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 18.
The institute was made possible through a donation from the former congressman. According to the university, the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies will position NJCU to expand its global focus.
“By capitalizing on the synergy found when bringing together international leaders, scholars, students, and programs, Congressman Guarini’s investment will hasten our shared vision to make NJCU the statewide leader in enhancing business, culture, and citizenry,” said Dr. Sue Henderson, president of the university.
A global vision
According to the university, the vision for the institute is based on research that explores the connections between the global future of work and higher education.
The institute aims to prepare students through experiences abroad and global work opportunities that create international partnerships with institutions of higher education, businesses, and organizations that foster and advance the global nature of work.
The mission of the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies is for these partners to advance economic development, deepen and grow academic partnerships, and spur personal development.
Congressman Guarini has committed nearly $12 million to NJCU.
This commitment includes the largest gift in university history toward the creation of a state-of-the-art performing arts center named for his parents; the funding of two endowed scholarships; and the establishment of a student-managed investment fund.
The NJCU library bears his name in recognition of his support for the university and its mission.
Guarini’s roots in Jersey City run deep.
He was born and raised in Jersey City before attending Dartmouth College, Columbia University, New York University School of Law, and advanced studies at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.
He served in the military during WWII where he saw active combat in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Mt. McKinley, the flagship of the Pacific Amphibious Fleet. He received the Navy Commendation Medal and three Battle Stars for his service.
He later finished his education, began his legal career, and became interested in politics.
He served in the New Jersey State Senate for two terms and in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven.
After serving in Congress, he was appointed as the United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly.
Since retiring from Congress, he has been involved in real estate development, especially along the New Jersey Waterfront.