Black and white photo of the chateau in wintertimeIn 1968 Miami University opened a new Center in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the period when the catch phrase on America's college campuses was "junior year abroad." The experience of two world wars and the dramatic social upheaval in the 1960's convinced many that global peace and understanding should be advanced through study abroad. Charles Ray Wilson, Provost of Miami University, was committed to expanding the global outlook of Miami and offering the students greater international opportunities. The idea for Miami's European Center was conceived by Wilson and a small group of committed administrators and faculty at Miami, including Vice President John E. Dolibois, Vice President Robert F. Etheridge, Professors Warren L. Mason, Jacques Breitenbucher, Howell C. Lloyd, Marcy S. Powell, Dwight L. Smith and Del Snider. These men had experienced the joy and enrichment of living and studying abroad and wanted to create a similar opportunity for Miami students.

The Search for the Ideal Location

The countries and sites that were initially considered included Japan, Switzerland, France, Austria, and Luxembourg. An exploratory group was appointed by President Phillip Shriver to visit potential sites in Europe along the line of French and German cultural and linguistic transition. The members of that group were Professor Warren L. Mason of the Department of Government (now Political Science), who served as chair, John E. Dolibois, Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, Robert F. Etheridge, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Professor Dwight L. Smith of the History Department. They set out with an unusual goal: to find a location that would foster and support an educational center abroad independent of other universities, a location where our center would stand out and enjoy a high degree of support from the local community and its leaders. It was Dolibois who first suggested his native Luxembourg and was to be very instrumental in establishing the Miami University European Center (MUEC) as well as cultivating access to every segment of Luxembourg society on behalf of Miami.

History of the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg

1968: Inauguration of Miami University European Center (MUEC) in Luxembourg Ville, Centre Settegast at 24, rue du Curé.

1972: MUEC moves to the 9, rue Goethe, in Luxembourg City. Creation of the Student Activity Coordinator position. Creation of the Library in a separate location. More than 550 students have been enrolled.

1975: Creation of Miami faculty positions at MUEC.

1978: His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean attends the convocation for the 10th anniversary of the Center.

1979: Creation of the student teaching program at area international schools and schools of the Department of Defense.

1980: Introduction of the study tour as part of the curriculum of the Center.

1982: MUEC moves to the 45A, avenue Monterey in Luxembourg City.

1988: The Trustees of Miami University change the name of the Center from the Miami University European Center (MUEC) to the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) to honor Miami Vice President and US Ambassador Dolibois for his outstanding service to the university, the Center, and the United States.

1993: MUDEC establishes a cooperative agreement with the Luxembourgish University Center.

1996: 5,000 students have been in enrollment at Miami University Center.

1997: MUDEC moves in the South of Luxembourg to the 15th century castle of Differdange. Miami Business School establishes a summer program in Luxembourg.

2007: Introduction of a second "mini" study tour in the curriculum of the Center.

2008: MUDEC establishes a cooperative agreement with the University of Luxembourg.

2011: First Alumni Reunion at MUDEC. 9,578 students have been enrolled since 1968.

2012: 10,000 students have been enrolled since 1968.

2013: 45th Anniversary of the Center.

2018: Over 700 alumni returned to Luxembourg to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Center.

2020: Luxembourg Digital Innovation internship program launches.