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ABOUT PACEM IN TERRIS

As a catalyst for peace, education has few equals.

Knowing that the traditional college years - the time between the ages of 17 and 25 - are when attitudes are most likely to be changed, misconceptions corrected, and individual perspectives broadened, La Roche College seized its opportunity with this teachable moment of life and focused it on the exalted task of preparing ambassadors of peace.

For almost a decade, through its Pacem In Terris Institute, the College has been bringing young people from both the United States and developing nations of the world to its Pittsburgh campus, creating a microcosm of the global community and infusing it with a culture that models what the world, at its best, could be. A world of respect and open dialogue. A world at peace.

By adding this cultural dimension to its traditional academic pursuits, La Roche gives students a unique, experiential dimension of learning that has the power to create fundamental, life-long changes. When students personally receive the grace of tolerance, they develop a willingness to negotiate differences with others. When they are comforted by peace successfully lived, they become impassioned by it and compelled to pass it on.

In La Roche's unique Pacem In Terris (Peace on Earth) program, students come to this life transformation during a four-year program that continuously encourages them to reach beyond opinion and stereotype, examining in detail the attitudes, feelings, perceptions, values, and experiences that influence their behavior and the behavior of others.

Through workshops, planned classroom discussions, and the casual encounters of everyday life, Pacem In Terris students come to truly understand and respect people from all parts of the globe, all religions of the world, all walks of life.

International students, particularly those from countries just developing their political or economic systems or struggling with the effects of war or conflict, have a firsthand opportunity through Pacem In Terris to experience democracy and the rule of law, the free market economy, and the benefits of a peaceful and supportive community where consensus among differing viewpoints is reached through dialogue and compromise.

They return to their homelands not only with the solid educational preparation they will need to build economic prosperity and political peace in their regions, but also morally equipped to make personal and public-policy decisions as citizens of an international society.

Likewise, Pacem In Terris gives American students an opportunity to develop the broader, international perspective so critical for responsible citizenship in today's interdependent world. It does this by bringing students from all over the world to the College's Pittsburgh campus and by offering unique internship opportunities in developing nations.

Since 1993, some 300 international students have been enrolled in the Pacem In Terris program and 55 have graduated with a four-year bachelor's degree. With successful partnership support from both the public and private sectors, the program hopes to expand the number of international students to a constant 25 percent of the full-time undergraduate population of the college.