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Bard College Acquires Liberal-Arts Institution in Berlin

Bard College has acquired a small liberal-arts institution in Berlin that will operate as a satellite of the college, in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Ownership of the European College of Liberal Arts, including the 15 buildings that make up its campus, has been transferred to Bard from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, along with a $12-million grant to support the establishment of a four-year liberal-arts bachelor’s program, says a news release from Bard. The Berlin institution, which was founded in 1999 but only recently given preliminary accreditation by German authorities, enrolls 65 students and offers instruction in English. After it merges with Bard, says the news release, “academic programs will be expanded and graduates will receive a dual degree accredited in Germany and the United States,” a new study-abroad program will be started next year, and “several master of arts degree programs are planned.”

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