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.
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.
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.
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 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.