Northeastern’s campus in Arlington, Virginia, the latest addition to its expanding global university system, will give the university a foothold in the Washington, D.C. area, one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. United
Located in the Rosslyn neighborhood, the campus will welcome its first cohort of graduating students virtually this fall, with plans to open for in-person instruction in the spring of 2023. The campus’ initial focus will be on safety, resilience and technology, matching the political and economic drivers of Northern Virginia and DC
Mary Ludden, Northeastern’s senior vice president for global network and strategic initiatives, said the campus would benefit from its proximity to the nation’s capital and the many defense and technology industry leaders in the region. through strategic partnerships.
“Based on what we’ve learned from our partners, much of our programming focuses on resilience,” says Ludden. “We will have engineering and computer science, areas that are changing at a rate where our partners need an education and research partner that can meet their needs and the demands of those areas.”
When the campus opens in the spring, there will be a floor dedicated to research and a floor dedicated to learning, with opportunities for collaboration between the two.
At the heart of the Arlington campus is the blending of the public and private sectors through partnerships with government entities, industry leaders, and the community. The university’s vision for the campus is embodied by Jamie Jones Miller, the dean of the Arlington campus.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Jones Miller worked on Capitol Hill and for the Department of Defense as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. Now, she aims to provide students with an innovative opportunity that will merge government, industry and academia in a way that benefits the National Capital Region.
“My dream is that our engagement in the National Capital Region will produce a high-performing workforce equipped to solve important global issues and contribute to better outcomes for government and industry,” says Jones Miller.
The intersection between the public and private sectors is something Ludden, who was born in DC and spent 20 years supporting federal health initiatives through her work with Anthem, is also very familiar with.
“I have an affinity and a real respect for what the public sector offers to so many of us on a daily basis and the challenges they face,” Ludden said. “Being able to share and participate in supporting some of the greatest organizations, private and public, in such a powerful place in its service legacy is truly exciting.”
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