Greetings from Lugano! This is an exciting time for Franklin University Switzerland as we are in the midst of celebrating our 50th anniversary. And we have much to celebrate.

By many measures 50 years is not a long time. As an archaeologist, someone who studies what happened over 2000 years ago, I have found myself thinking often about what 50 years means for Franklin. As Indiana Jones put it, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”  There’s a good bit of truth to that. More significant than the number of years is what Franklin has accomplished. That has truly been remarkable.

In 50 years, Franklin has gone from being an inspired vision to a globally recognized university. We have grown from a small college with a few dozen students to a learning community of students from 60 countries. Franklin is the only higher education institution accredited in the United States and Switzerland, and it was recently recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education as an accredited foreign university. We are the only accredited university in Switzerland that provides a flexible, interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Franklin alumni, over 7,000 from 100 countries, are globally connected professionals and entrepreneurs. Our faculty is made up of active scholars who pursue independent research and publish their work on a regular basis. We are a caring, supportive, learning community.

For 50 years, the Franklin experience has given our students a world that is smaller in terms of access, larger in terms of possibility, and richer in terms of cultural awareness and understanding. Through integrative study, research, immersion, and exposure to the world through Academic Travel, Franklin students have gained new perspectives and developed new horizons. Cooperative partnerships are enabling us to broaden opportunities and experiences for our students. This year we broke ground for a new student living and learning center that will add much needed facilities to our beautiful campus.

Incredible people, an inspired place, and a consistent vision have helped us steer a course that has enabled Franklin to grow, prosper, and fulfil our mission. I wish to express my deepest gratitude to those who have given their time, talent, and resources to bring us to this moment.

Being an archeologist has taught me that what people build, if built thoughtfully, imaginatively, and skillfully, will have enduring value, and that we will continue to learn from such endeavors. Franklin University Switzerland has been built on a solid foundation. The founding vision and fifty years of commitment have created the momentum for a bright and promising future.

Happy 50th Anniversary Franklin! We are FUS.