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EdLink Presidents to Tackle Role of Public Higher Ed in Urban Revitalization


Lt. Governor Murray and Education Advisor Mohler-Faria to Participate

LOWELL ߞ; EdLink, a partnership of the public higher education institutions in Northeast Massachusetts, has joined with the UMass Lowell’s Center for Industrial Theory and Assessment (CITA) to host an international conference: “Community-University Partnerships: How Do We Achieve The Promise?”.

The conference, on April 26 and 27 at the Wannalancit Mill, 600 Suffolk St., is expected to draw 200 college, university and community participants. Focused on the examination of opportunities and challenges for productive relationships, experts from around the world will present experiences in joint economic development, environmental health and public school partnerships.

As leaders of public institutions located in large urban areas, the EdLink presidents will participate in a panel discussion on Friday, April 27 at noon to discuss their unique experiences. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will moderate the panel from the perspective of both a state and city leader. In addition, Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, president of Bridgewater State College and special advisor for education to Gov. Deval Patrick will also present. Lt. Gov. Murray, during his tenure as mayor of the City of Worcester, established the Worcester UniverCity Partnership, a formal collaboration among the nine colleges in Worcester, the city and business community. President Mohler-Faria founded Connect, the Southeastern Massachusetts partnership dedicated to advancing the regional mission of public higher education.

Formed last year, the EdLink partnership includes the leaders of Middlesex, Northern Essex and North Shore Community Colleges, Salem State College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The partnership focuses on regional issues and the creation of solutions for economic development in Northeastern Massachusetts.

For conference information and registration, visit the conference website:

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

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