In this excerpt, the Chancellor, known affectionately as 'Swamy,' also discusses the importance of the Mount Ida campus as a component of his vision to connect UMass Amherst more closely with the Greater Boston knowledge economy.
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To thrive in the future, Subbaswamy tells the group, universities must ensurequality, leverage their scale, and go from providing a four-year transactionalrelationship to becoming a partner that students will turn to — in person,online, or both — at any point in their lives when they need new skills orcredentials.“We feel that the Newton campus has a major role to play for our students whoright now are unfortunately outside of where all the action is happening,” hesays.
. . . [Having] a presence in the humming east will allow UMass students to spenda semester or two in the Mount Ida dorms, pursuing the internships they needto graduate with work experience. Yet undergraduate internships are just onepart of his vision for Mount Ida. Subbaswamy also plans to use the newcampus to foster that lifelong partnership with alumni. Since so many UMassAmherst grads live where the jobs are, in metro Boston, he wants them tothink of their alma mater when they need graduate work, “upskilling,” orexecutive training, whether they end up taking these courses in person inNewton or online.