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Shenkar College, UMass Lowell Establish International Program


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Shenkar College of Engineering and Design of Israel and the University of Massachusetts Lowell signed a historic agreement establishing an international graduate engineering program at a special event in New York City last night.

The new international graduate program will be in plastics engineering with a course of study that includes the emerging fields of nanotechnology and the use of polymers for environmental, medical and industrial purposes. Courses offered by both Shenkar College and UMass Lowell will be recognized by each institution toward the completion of the graduate degree. The international agreement also provides for an annual exchange of students and faculty between UMass Lowell and Shenkar College over the next 10 years, after which the agreement may be renewed.

Participating in the signing of this significant new agreement were UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Prof. Yuli Tamir, president of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

“The study of plastics engineering is one of the most important disciplines that shapes our lives, from nanotechnology to biomedical research to environmental issues. This historic agreement gives us the opportunity to learn from each other and benefit from the strengths of each school,” said Tamir.

“When we look at the educational essence of Shenkar College and UMass Lowell, we see an amazing convergence of interests and emphasis, from plastics and textiles to nanotechnology, medical materials and more,” said Meehan. “Plastics engineering is a signature program at UMass Lowell, where we are making great progress in the areas of ‘green’ plastics and the applications of new technologies to medical devices. This international agreement will both forward research by our faculty and enhance the education of our students.”

At the signing event, held at the Harmonie Club, Shenkar College conferred an honorary fellowship to Meehan and presented the Frontiers in Science Award to David Pernick, UMass Lowell alumnus and life chancellor of Shenkar College, for his role in spearheading the new agreement. Pernick has made significant contributions to forwarding education in plastics engineering at both institutions.

Meehan, the second chancellor in the history of UMass Lowell, represented the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts and served on the House of Representatives’ Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Under his leadership, the campus of UMass Lowell is being transformed, from the acquisition of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell to the construction of two new academic buildings. The new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, which broke ground in June, will be home to state-of-the-art research and education.

Tamir has served in the government of the State of Israel as minister of education and minister of immigration. She is leading Shenkar College of Engineering and Design during a new period of growth, including an ambitious campus building project and the development of a new faculty in art.

Among the other participants in the signing were Danna Azrieli, chairman of the Board of Governors of Shenkar College; Bruce Pernick, Board of Governors member and president of the American Committee for Shenkar College in Israel; UMass Lowell Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney; Prof. Stephen McCarthy of UMass Lowell’s Plastics Engineering Department and co-director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2); Prof. Robert Molloy, chairman of UMass Lowell’s Department of Plastics Engineering; Prof. Shmuel Kenig, dean of the engineering faculty of Shenkar College; UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal; and other leaders from both institutions.

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, a leading institution of higher education in Ramat Gan, Israel founded in 1970, provides innovative programs and cutting-edge technology to over 2,300 students in fields of Engineering, Design and Multidisciplinary Art. The Shenkar Culture is reflected by the interdisciplinary synergy between design, creative arts and science; promoting the values of excellence, innovation and creativity.

UMass Lowell, 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. The university offers its 14,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

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