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New Global Partnerships Boost Work of UMass Lowell Students, Faculty

Agreements Will Allow More Opportunities for International Study, Research

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UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, left, shakes hands with Ben-Gurion University Rector Zvi HaCohen at the signing of the memorandum of understanding that officially marks the start of a new partnership between the institutions.


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LOWELL, Mass. — Agreements between UMass Lowell and educational institutions in the Asia, Europe and the Middle East – including one established today with a top Israeli university – are strengthening UMass Lowell’s global presence and ability to provide international research, exchange and scholarship opportunities to students and faculty.

Today, UMass Lowell formalized its partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Ben-Gurion, like UMass Lowell, is ranked among the top universities in the world and is internationally recognized for innovative research and academic excellence.

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Ben-Gurion Rector Zvi HaCohen signed a memorandum of understanding that looks to involve students and faculty from both institutions in research and exchange programs. Areas of cooperation will include academic and research programs in fields like nanotechnology, engineering and biotechnology, as well as improving water quality in Israel, addressing climate change, advancing the status of women leaders and fostering peace through political, social and cultural initiatives in the Middle East. The agreement was signed at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

“International partnerships are essential for stimulating new research, discussion and learning. These partnerships also offer our students meaningful and substantive international education experiences, including study abroad and experiential learning. Our students should have the opportunity to gain an understanding of other countries and cultures, enriching their overall education,” Meehan said. “In today’s ever shrinking world, a global perspective will give our graduates a workplace advantage by ensuring that they have the multicultural understanding required to succeed.”

UMass Lowell also recently established a new exchange agreement with universities in China, a new master’s of business administration program with Japanese institutions, a new partnership with Euro-Mediterranean University and was accepted into the prestigious Compostela Group of Universities.

“These international partnerships will continue to strengthen the quality of the education that we offer,” said UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal. “They will also expand research opportunities for our faculty and provide access to global resources.”

Three new partnerships between UMass Lowell and Northwest University, Shanghai Technical University and Xi’an Jaiotong University in China look to develop undergraduate and graduate student exchange programs; faculty exchanges for research, teaching and academic work; and joint research and educational programs. The partnerships also seek to establish an academic program through which Chinese students attend their home university for three years and then come to UMass Lowell for two years, earning a bachelor’s degree from their home institution and a master’s degree from UMass Lowell. These agreements add to UMass Lowell’s list of educational partners in China. The university already has partnerships with Tsinghua University, Shandong Academy of Sciences, Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University and the China Education and Research Network. 

“Our students, faculty and the entire community will benefit, as China is a critical partner in terms of education, research and economic development,” said Meehan.

Launched by UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business, a new two-year MBA program will welcome 25 Japanese executives in April. Plans call for a second group of 25 students to enroll in the program this fall. The program will offer foundation classes conducted in Japanese using UMass Lowell’s curriculum and advanced classes offered online in English by Manning School faculty. For the fifth consecutive year, the Manning School’s existing MBA program was named one of the best in the country by the Princeton Review.

“Our MBA is designed to provide graduates with the education they need to advance their careers in a changing global environment,” said Manning School Dean Kathryn Carter.

UMass Lowell also recently joined the Compostela Group of Universities, a consortium of more than 70 universities from around the globe headquartered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. With its acceptance into the group, UMass Lowell became one of just three U.S. universities to gain CGU membership. Membership will allow UMass Lowell faculty to teach students in tandem with faculty from other Compostela Group institutions. CGU member universities are partners in scholarship, research, economic development and public diplomacy.

In addition, UMass Lowell signed a student and faculty exchange partnership agreement recently with Euro-Mediterranean University, itself a CGU member. Based in Portoroz, Slovenia, Euro-Mediterranean University was established by the European Union to facilitate collaborative postgraduate research and academic work. Today, EMUNI, as it is known, is an international network of more than 170 universities in 38 countries focusing on issues such as alternative energy, higher education research, business development and the restoration of clean waters in the Mediterranean Sea.

With these new partnerships, UMass Lowell boasts academic exchange agreements with more than 60 universities in 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Australia. Students who hail from more than 50 countries study at UMass Lowell, which is also the headquarters for the World Association for Cooperative Education, a 2,000-member organization fostering experiential learning programs around the globe.

UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.