Congressman Donald Norcross announced that Rutgers University-Camden has received a grant to help build a Center for Ethics, Equity and Transparency at the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay.
The university will get $3,000,000 from the United States Agency for International Development which aims to “save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.”
“From South Jersey to South America – collaborations are underway to promote democracy and fairness,” Norcross said. “The goals here are admirable; every person deserves a voice, a vote and a government that transparently works for them. I congratulate Dr. Bonilla-Santiago, Chancellor Haddon and the Rutgers-Camden community on this grant, and I look forward to seeing the results from their partnership on the other side of the hemisphere.”
Dr. Bonilla-Santiago, director of the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers–Camden says that trust in governmental institutions and officials is low and that there is a general perception that the government is disconnected from its people. Shes thinks that the center will address issues of corruptions and ethics in the public sector.
“Every day at Rutgers University–Camden, our faculty and students generate original thinking and new ideas that advance our state and our world,” said Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden. “This grant from the USAID will allow Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago to engage in critical work that will strengthen democratic values in our hemisphere. We thank and applaud Congressman Norcross for his support of Rutgers–Camden and his unwavering commitment to growing South Jersey as a hub for innovation that uplifts families here in New Jersey and contributes to the overall stability of our world.”
The National University of Asuncion is the first institution of higher education in Paraguay. The university has over 43,000 students and 8,360 teachers.