Some Recent Examples of Collaboration
Focused, collaborative efforts bring together pockets of excellence that are spread among all of our campuses -- creating research and teaching strength that is greater than the sum of its parts. There are already countless examples of collaboration at the University. Some of the best are listed below. Do you have another great example of collaboration at the University of Massachusetts? Share it with us.
- Life Sciences: Governor Deval Patrick has placed the University of Massachusetts - as a whole - squarely at the center of his ambitious 10 year, $1 billion Massachusetts Life Sciences Strategy. As part of his plan, Massachusetts will develop the largest repository of stem cell lines in the world with roles for all five campuses. UMass brought its collective strengths to the table and we were asked to play such a prominent role because of them.
- Confucius Institute: The University of Massachusetts, in partnership with China's Ministry of Education and Hanban, the office of the Chinese Language Council International, launched a Confucius Institute last year. This non-profit public institute promotes the teaching and understanding of Chinese language and culture and support Chinese language education in Massachusetts. All of the UMass campuses are engaged in partnership with universities and other institutions in China and through the Confucius Institute can strengthen those ties and provide much-needed assistance to the Massachusetts business community exploring potential opportunities in China.
- Math Science Partnership: Thanks to a 2004 NSF award for Math Science Partnerships, UMass Boston and six other institutional partners, including Northeastern and Harvard, are working to improve math in the Boston Public Schools on the Boston Science Partnership. Collaborations like this one demonstrate the power of collaboration among institutions as well as among our own campuses.
- Biomanufacturing: The Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center being planned for UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth are excellent examples of partnerships between our campuses and business groups. With activities including collaborative research, technical assistance and services, education and workforce development, these facilities will expose our students and researchers to the latest technologies and also help entrepreneurs bring products from R&D to manufacturing here in the Commonwealth.
- UMassOnline: UMassOnline, the University's online education division, debuted in 2001 and now enrolls more than 26,000 annually. UMassOnline enables students to have the same access to the award-winning faculty, programs, and learning as found in physical classrooms at the University's five campuses.
- Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere: The center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, is a prestigious National Science Foundation Engineering Center with over $40 million in federal, university, industry, and state funding. The Center is a multi-sector partnership among academia, industry, and government dedicated to engineering revolutionary weather-sensing networks. CASA is a collaboration among four primary academic partners: the University of Massachusetts Amherst (lead institution), the University of Oklahoma, Colorado State University, and the University of Puerto Rico. Industry and government partners include: The Raytheon Company, IBM and others.
- Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center: The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is an asset for the state's smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. These are but two example of how the University of Massachusetts is playing a leadership role in recognizing the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. There are similar examples on internal and external partner on each of the other campuses.
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