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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Beth Stevens, an alumna and neuroscientist, has spent her career researching diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. On Thursday, the MacArthur “genius award” recipient joined President Aoun to discuss her success.
First-year students were treated to a presidential welcome on Tuesday. Check out the sights from the President’s Convocation and Fall Fest 2016 with these great photos.
At the President’s Convocation on Tuesday morning, President Aoun, along with other university and student leaders, underscored the diversity of the incoming freshman class and pointed to the myriad opportunities—from global co-op, to cutting-edge research, to student organizations—that lie ahead.
“This country can’t succeed without your skills,” Commencement speaker Sy Sternberg told some 300 students at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business’ graduation ceremony in Matthews Arena on Thursday night. “This country does not move forward without you.”
Aoun will be honored this week at the Academy of International Business conference for his contributions to international business education. He will also lead a panel discussion on globalizing education.
University photographers were there to document Boston-based artist Cedric Douglas as he created a new mural on the Behrakis Health Sciences Center. The mural is the latest installation in Northeastern’s Public Art Initiative.