When we launched our newest graduate campus in Seattle this past January, we knew it would extend our university’s leadership in online, hybrid, and professional master’s education. What we didn’t realize was how quickly our new location would give rise to exciting opportunities for our students and faculty—whether they’re situated on the West Coast, our inaugural graduate campus in Charlotte, or our home campus in Boston.
In the two short months since the Seattle campus formally opened its doors, we’ve forged partnerships with some of the Pacific Northwest’s most eminent research organizations, including the Seattle BioMedical Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and the Institute for Systems Biology, where our new campus is housed. Through these collaborations, faculty from Northeastern will join colleagues from these institutes to pursue path-breaking research on neglected tropical diseases, bioanalytic chemistry, and more.
We’re also moving forward with innovative partnerships that are pushing the boundaries of how high-quality education is delivered. In addition to the many professional master’s and doctoral programs the Seattle campus is offering via our unique online experiential learning model, we’re pioneering a new learning format aimed at meeting the Seattle area’s urgent need for computer science professionals. With our partners at the Institute for Systems Biology, we also plan to launch a first-of-its-kind graduate program in this game-changing field.
As in Charlotte, our presence in Seattle is also fostering new employer relationships that are strengthening our world-leading co-op program even further. Nearly 50 corporate and nonprofit relationships are in development, including with major corporations such as Amazon.com, Boeing, and Microsoft.
The speed and depth with which these developments have emerged demonstrate the unexpected power of our graduate campuses: They’re hothouses of innovation that enable us to leverage our signature strengths rapidly, exponentially, and in ways that benefit both our home campus and our new locales.
The graduate campuses reflect the Northeastern of today: a cutting-edge global research university distinguished by a dynamic network of sites, relationships, and intellectual exchanges. Stay tuned to see where we go next!