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.

Alumna fights debilitating neurological diseases with science

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.