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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 West Pre-Health Conference gives details on medical careers

September 17, 2013

Anyone interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field can gather information and talk with medical school representatives during a Pre-Health Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The event at Arizona State University’s West campus is set to run from 4 to 8 p.m. in the La Sala Ballroom of the University Center Building at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

The conference is hosted by ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the core college on the West campus. Dr. Richard Zimmerman Download Full Image

The fifth annual Pre-Health Conference will include breakout sessions focusing on topics such as preparing for the MCAT and preparing personal statements for medical school applications. There will also be a practitioner panel that features a physician assistant, pharmacist and veterinarian. Information tables will feature representatives from institutions including the University of Arizona College of Medicine, A.T. Still University, Midwestern University, Northern Arizona University’s physical therapist and physician’s assistant programs, Kaplan Test Prep and The Princeton Review.

The day’s keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Zimmerman, a neurosurgical consultant at Mayo Clinic and a professor of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Zimmerman is a member of the Mayo Clinic Executive Operations Team in Arizona, serves as chair of the Mayo Clinic Quality Committee in Arizona and is the Medical Director for Education. He has worked closely with the Arizona Hospital Association and the Arizona Quality Improvement Organization on statewide healthcare quality and safety improvement initiatives. Zimmerman will speak at 4:30 p.m.

The remainder of the schedule includes a networking opportunity with program representatives from 5 to 6 p.m., breakout sessions from 6 to 7:30 and table visits with representatives from 7:30 to 8:00.

“This event provides a great opportunity for students in any major to find out about the medical career options and educational paths available to them once they complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Sue Lafond, academic success coordinator in New College’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. “Attendees can learn more about various potential career paths, whether they plan to pursue an M.D. or D.O. degree or become a pharmacist, dentist, optometrist, physical therapist or physician assistant.”

The Pre-Health Conference is free; visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour. Participants may pre-register at On-site registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. For additional information, contact or