UMass Boston Paves Way for Student Exchanges with Britain’s Plymouth University

December 07, 2012

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Chancellor Motley Signs Memorandum of Understanding

Students in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Management will soon have the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom, thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed Friday between the college and Plymouth University.

The agreement will allow for student exchanges, collaborative projects, conferences, and scholarships between the two business programs. The details haven’t been finalized, but representatives from Plymouth University say they envision a co-op program starting in the 2013-2014 academic year that will offer study-abroad opportunities for students at both schools.

UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said he considers Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Wendy Purcell and other Plymouth University staff members not visitors, but friends.

“To my mind, this is a perfect partnership: one between two business schools with brains and heart, who value diversity among their student body, faculty, staff, and administration, and who model innovation to their students, who train students with the skills they’ll need for the world we live in, and I’m grateful for that,” Motley said.

“There is a need for academic institutions to form strong, rich, and hopefully long-term partnerships with other institutions across the ocean, and this one we hope will lay the seeds for even more comprehensive engagement,” added Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley.

Purcell presented Motley with a rare gift—a print Plymouth University had commissioned to mark its 150th anniversary this year. Purcell said UMass Boston is the first university to receive such a gift.

“Looking at UMass Boston and Plymouth University, the thing that I think that will distinguish our success is that this partnership is based on shared values. I think that really comes through,” Purcell said.

“Plymouth University set out to establish the enterprise university in its mission, and I think your values around creativity and discovery and your values around diversity and inclusion, that sense of talent expressing itself in society, the real sense that you have around sustainability, and understanding what UMass Boston will do for economic development and social inclusion--these are all real touchpoints.”

“From one seaside to the other, I’d just like to say, ‘Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Boston,’” Motley said.

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