Thomas Vicino leads Dialogue of Civilizations in Brazil

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By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | May 31, 2013

There are two ways to learn about Brazil’s lan­guage, cul­ture, and gov­ern­ment. The first way is in a class­room, through lec­tures, class dis­cus­sions, home­work, and exams.

The other ways is to simply go to Brazil, the largest country in South America.

A group of North­eastern stu­dents chose the second option, arriving in Brazil in early May for one of the university’s Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams. Since then, they’ve toured the country, living in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Hor­i­zonte while studying the Por­tuguese lan­guage and Brazil’s edu­ca­tion and polit­ical systems.

“I came on this trip to see my roots and family,” said Leonard Ziviani, a second-​​year busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion stu­dent who grew up in Brazil before moving to Boston nine years ago. “But I was also looking to meet new people and make a lot of con­nec­tions for future intern­ships and co-​​ops.

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Environmental economics reframe pipeline debate

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By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | October 10, 2012

A 750-mile pipeline across Canada cuts through First Nation lands and pris­tine envi­ron­ments to bring oil-rich tar sands to a new ter­minal on the Pacific Ocean. The com­pany behind the project, the Cal­gary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc., argues that the pipeline will create thou­sands of jobs and an influx of cash from the Asian com­pa­nies that will buy and process the tar sands.

But the eco­nomic analysis pre­sented to the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment does not account for the pipeline’s envi­ron­mental impact, including the poten­tial for a spill, said Matthias Ruth, a North­eastern pro­fessor with dual appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Ruth is at the fore­front of the emerging field of envi­ron­mental eco­nomics, which focuses on devel­oping methods to account for unquan­tifi­able envi­ron­mental con­tri­bu­tions to the economy. Read More

State economy grows faster than US, but slowdown coming, UMass reports

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By Megan Woolhouse | Boston.com | July 27, 2012

Massachusetts’ economy continued to grow at faster rate than the nation’s largely due to the strength of the state’s technology industry, but national and international developments are expected to slow the pace to the recovery here, according to a quarterly analysis released Friday by the University of Massachusetts.

The state economy grew at an annual rate of 4 percent between April and June, more than double the national rate, according to UMass. The US Commerce Department reported Friday the nation’s economy grew at a 1.5 percent, a sluggish pace, but slightly better than economists forecast. Read More

Catalan president talks public transit, economy

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By | news@Northeastern | June 21, 2012

Artur Mas, the 129th pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ment of Cat­alonia, Spain, said on Wednesday morning at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity that his com­mu­nity of roughly 7 mil­lion people strives to emu­late Mass­a­chu­setts’ eco­nomic success.

“We can learn from each other,” Mas said. “Of course we would love to have your [gross domestic product] and are envious of your uni­ver­si­ties and research centers.”

Mas addressed more than two dozen mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity and a con­tin­gent of reporters who gath­ered in the Raytheon Amphithe­ater for a trans­porta­tion sem­inar with Cat­alonian experts from gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sector. Later in the after­noon at the BIO Inter­na­tional Con­ven­tion in Boston, Mas signed an agree­ment with Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick to expand Catalonia’s inno­va­tion part­ner­ship with the state.

The World Class Cities Part­ner­ship, an ini­tia­tive of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, hosted the event. The goal of the WCCP is to bring together civic, busi­ness and aca­d­emic leaders from cities throughout the globe for the pur­pose of cre­ating sus­tain­able social change through policy research, and the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of best-practice solu­tions to common challenges. Read More

Barcelona Success Yields Model For Boston Innovation District

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Brains In Spain Thrive In Entrepreneur Eco-System

Monday, February 6, 2012 | Global Enterprise

By Michael Lake and Robert Buckley

Special To Banker & Tradesman

The Boston region has the opportunity to leverage the development growth at Kendall Square and Longwood Medical area while building the South Boston innovation district and, accordingly, shape the future of our region’s innovation economy.

The challenge lies in how to most effectively attract and retain talent in order to create a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem. To succeed, we need to look at successful projects around the globe utilizing innovation-related practices.

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