NJCU Launches Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies

November 18, 2020
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Honors Congressman for Lifelong Commitment

On November 18, 2020, New Jersey City University (NJCU) officially launched The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies with a virtual ribbon cutting event attended by special guests and dignitaries from across the world.

Watch the full ribbon-cutting ceremony below and the abridged highlights:



Guarini Institute dedication plaques


Guarini Institute dedication plaques

The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies uniquely positions NJCU to expand its already impressive global focus. The vision is based on supporting research that explores the inter-connections between the global future of work and higher education. The platform calls for preparing students for the global future of work through immersive study abroad experiences and creating international partnerships with institutions of higher education, businesses, and organizations fostering the global nature of work.

Over his lifetime, Congressman Guarini has committed nearly $12 million to NJCU. This commitment to the University includes the lead gift toward the creation of a state-of-the-art performing arts center named after his parents, the funding of two endowed scholarships, and the establishment of a student managed investment fund.  In recognition of his support of NJCU and its mission the campus library bears his name.

The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies showcases NJCU’s longstanding commitment to leverage the strengths of a diverse, international community to foster and accelerate advances in education, research, business, and innovation. These fundamentals are exemplified by the significant number of Fulbright Award winners and its ability to develop international trade forums at home and abroad through the Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Sue Henderson, President of the University noted, “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,” she concluded.

The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies will serve as the conduit by which these partners connect to advance economic development, deepen and grow academic partnerships, and spur personal development.

About Congressman Guarini

Frank Guarini was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J.. He received his education from Dartmouth College, Columbia University, New York University School of Law, and pursued advanced studies at The Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands.

His military service was during WWII where he saw active combat in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Mt. McKinley, flagship of the Pacific Amphibious Fleet. He received the Navy Commendation Medal and three Battle Stars. His legal career was in New Jersey, New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Upon being discharged from the military, he finished his education and began his legal career. He became interested in politics and his political career involved serving in the New Jersey State Senate for two terms and in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. After serving in Congress, he was nominated and appointed as the United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly.

His involvement in civic affairs includes service on many boards of charitable, educational and cultural organizations and received many honors and distinctions.

Throughout his career in public and private life, he has always maintained a strong interest in education. He founded centers and institutions at Dartmouth College, New York University School of Law, John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Mr. Guarini has been active in many civic and social associations.

Additionally, since retiring from Congress, he has been involved in major real estate development projects especially along the New Jersey Waterfront.

About NJCU 

New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 47 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape. 

We are also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we have established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults. 

At NJCU, we are not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We are changing the game.

Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301