ASU, Dublin City University announce major Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership

September 16, 2013

Arizona State University and Dublin City University have announced the establishment of a comprehensive Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership.

DCU and ASU have collaborated for seven years to advance education and research in both North America and Ireland, based on their shared values of innovation and entrepreneurship, technology-enhanced learning and research and discovery. Download Full Image

A number of projects and initiatives have been launched already, aimed at providing students with unique education and research experiences, growing the economy and positively impacting communities in both Arizona and Ireland.

Three major new initiatives were announced:

• In partnership with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, DCU and ASU will establish the world’s first International School of Biomedical Diagnostics in 2014. The new school will employ online and face-to-face learning formats and will integrate the two universities through a global classroom model while working closely with industry partners. Admitting its first students in fall 2014, this unique school will offer advanced degrees in Biomedical Diagnostics to meet the growing demands from industry for graduates with specialized training.

• In a major development in health care research, Biodesign Europe will leverage the research infrastructure capacity and expertise of ASU Biodesign Institute’s 11 and DCU’s five health-focused research centers. As a result, a combined team of more than 400 researchers will address some of the most important challenges in 21st-century health care, such as chronic disease management, personalised and stratified medicine, and sustainable health care delivery. The initial focus will be on providing improved treatment for cancer patients by combining advances in earlier diagnosis with more targeted therapeutics.

• Building on a strong culture of student innovation in both institutions, ASU and DCU will develop joint programs in student entrepreneurship. In particular, these new programs will incorporate a global perspective through linkages with international partners and a focus on global grand challenges, especially in the developing world. Both institutions already run successful student accelerator programs and both are designated as Ashoka-U ‘Changemaker Campuses’ in view of their commitment to social entrepreneurship.

The universities also announced a DCU-ASU Catalyst fund, which will be used to support engagement between researchers, with a view to leveraging substantial income from research-funding agencies. In addition, a partnership coordinator has been hired to advance these collaborative projects and to support a planned roll-out of further initiatives between the two institutions.

ASU and DCU faculty already are collaborating across a broad range of areas, including international development, preventative medicine, digital learning, teacher education, sustainability, sensor research, digital media and industry partnerships. The ASU-DCU partnership will make further announcements in the coming months regarding specific initiatives in these areas.

“ASU and DCU are like-minded institutions, with the same spirit and a desire to innovate," said ASU President Michael M. Crow. "DCU is a young university and is entrepreneurial, like us. Lots of universities sign agreements with each other, but our focus is on building a comprehensive, long-term relationship. That relationship involves a global connectivity that benefits students and faculty at both institutions, as well as public and private partners in both countries.”

“I am delighted with the step-change in our relationship that we have announced today," said DCU President Brian MacCraith. "Our enhanced partnership will lead to a better learning experience for our students in both institutions, will create new knowledge of importance to society – especially in key areas of health – and lead to important economic outputs and job creation. With the structures we have put in place, the future looks very bright for this unique, transatlantic partnership.”

DCU and ASU have a history of collaboration and a range of initiatives already are under way that leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial skillset of the two universities. These include:

• DCU School of Communications and the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have recently joined forced with the New America Foundation to host an international symposium at DCU, tackling questions on the reliability of news in a digital world.

• DCU and ASU are committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities of aging populations and are partners in the "Age-Friendly University" initiative, launched in DCU in 2012. The first of its kind in the world, this initiative includes research in areas such as dementia, technologies for "aging in place," challenges of caregiving, healthy and active aging, and retirement community design.

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ASU partners with University of Minnesota on new Master of Public Health Program

September 16, 2013

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with Arizona State University, will begin offering two Master of Public Health programs to meet a growing need in Arizona. These include a Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition degree program and a Master in Public Health in Public Health Administration and Policy degree program.

Both programs commence in the coming academic year, and students will receive a University of Minnesota degree. Download Full Image

The programs will be delivered in a hybrid format, including in-person courses with an online component, as well as purely online courses. The existing U of M academic program will be offered to students online, and courses also will be taught in the classroom by ASU faculty who have adjunct faculty status at the U of M School of Public Health.

The distance Master in Public Health in Public Health Administration and Policy (PHAP) will teach students to translate public health concepts and principles into the health care arena. The PHAP program prepares graduates to serve in administrative and leadership positions in state, city, county and other community public health agencies, and develop successful collaborations with diverse cultures and communities.

The distance Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition program will meet the needs of students who want graduate training in health promotion, disease prevention, program development and nutrition interventions.

ASU identified a need in its region for access to a public health curriculum, but did not want to create a school of public health. The university explored a partnership with the U of M School of Public Health because of its reputation for high quality education and experience with providing hybrid and online education.

“Offering the Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota’s highly ranked School of Public Health is a great benefit to Phoenix and Arizona, where need for public health professionals is great,” said Elizabeth D. Phillips, ASU executive vice president and provost. “This partnership provides the opportunity for ASU’s excellent faculty in public health to work with Minnesota faculty on teaching and research, and gives University of Minnesota access to new populations, as well.”

William Riley, director of ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, will direct the master’s program in Phoenix. Riley, who joined ASU in January, was previously associate dean and director of the U of M’s School of Public Health.

“We are very pleased that our Board of Regents approved this pioneering partnership with Arizona State University,” said John Finnegan, assistant vice president for public health at the U of M and dean of the School of Public Health. “ASU has a reputation for innovative programming and is located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. We see a very bright future in this partnership.”

Students seeking admission to either program should visit the “Degrees and Programs” section on the U of M School of Public Health website.

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering