Holocaust Awareness Week to explore ‘personal confrontations with the past’

Northeastern’s annual Holo­caust com­mem­o­ra­tion will begin today. Here’s a run­down of the events planned for this week, including a sur­vivor talk, a film screening, and a guest lec­ture from an award-​​winning author.

To architecture students, President Aoun underscores shifts in education toward being personalized, robot-​​proof

During a pre­sen­ta­tion to an archi­tec­ture class on Monday, Pres­i­dent Aoun dis­cussed every­thing from how higher edu­ca­tion has changed in the past decade to the vision that brought the soon-​​to-​​be-​​completed Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex to life. Here are some high­lights from the conversation.

Takeda CEO talks globalization, innovation in pharmaceutical industry

Christophe Weber, pres­i­dent and CEO of Takeda Phar­ma­ceu­tical Com­pany Ltd., shared his global vision, mul­ti­cul­tural per­spec­tive, and long-​​term approach to run­ning the 235-​​year-​​old Japanese com­pany on Tuesday at Northeastern’s CEO Break­fast Forum speaker series.

President Aoun joins effort to protect some students from possible deportation

More than 100 col­lege and uni­ver­sity pres­i­dents from public and pri­vate schools across the U.S., including Pres­i­dent Aoun, have signed a state­ment to gov­ern­ment leaders urging that DACA—the Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals program—be upheld, con­tinued, and expanded. “This is both a moral imper­a­tive and a national neces­sity,” the leaders say in the statement.

Northeastern honors veterans for ‘answering the call of our nation’

The North­eastern com­mu­nity joined together Friday for its annual Vet­erans Day cer­e­mony. “I’m very proud, as I know all of you are, that our school stops to remember every Vet­erans Day in this stir­ring and beau­tiful way,” said alumnus Neal Finnegan, chair emer­itus of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Northeastern launches loan program for women and minority entrepreneurs

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced on Tuesday that it will launch the region’s first university-​​supported loan pro­gram for women– and minority-​​owned busi­nesses. The ini­tia­tive, called the Impact Lending pro­gram, will enable local small-​​business owners to secure loans, at below-​​market interest rates, to acquire cru­cial resources to expand their businesses.

With new academic plan in place, State of the University highlights Northeastern’s ‘bold’ future

On Thursday, uni­ver­sity leaders, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff under­scored Northeastern’s suc­cesses over the past decade and looked ahead to its future. The new aca­d­emic plan, Pres­i­dent Aoun said, “is nothing less than a roadmap for cre­ating the world’s first global uni­ver­sity system.”

Through disruptions, higher ed faces questions, opportunities

On Wednesday, Pres­i­dent Aoun led a dis­cus­sion with former Tufts and MIT pres­i­dents Lawrence Bacow and Susan Hock­field, respec­tively. The three talked careers, dis­rup­tions, and opportunities–both per­sonal and for the higher ed sector in general.

HUBweek: Explore and celebrate the future being built in Boston

North­eastern is hosting sev­eral exciting events as part of HUBweek—an annual event in Boston billed as “a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind civic col­lab­o­ra­tion that brings together the most cre­ative and inven­tive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world.”

At Faculty Senate, President Aoun issues challenge for continued innovation, global leadership

In his annual address to the Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday, Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun described the increasing com­pe­ti­tion in higher edu­ca­tion while reaf­firming Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to lead­er­ship in edu­ca­tion and research.

Driving, autonomously, into the future

At “The Future of…” pres­i­den­tial speaker series on Tuesday, Lyft chief tech­nology officer and North­eastern grad­uate Chris Lam­bert dis­cussed how autonomous vehi­cles are the future of transportation—and what that means for Lyft, for people, and for cities in America.