Lowell is a vibrant city that has always been home to waves of immigrants, the first of whom were the Irish. The Irish played a fundamental role in the development of the new town and it is a role that they continue to play to this day.
Why UMass Lowell?
The contributions of the Irish immigrants to Lowell, and to the United States as a whole, has been widely recognized within the education sector.
In September 2009, Chancellor Marty Meehan and Provost Ahmed Abdelal established the Center for Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell, one of six international partnership centers. The aim of these centers is to strengthen and coordinate ongoing international partnerships as well as to develop new education and research partnerships in areas of the world that pose strategically important opportunities.