The planned opening of a University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown Springfield next year is expected to provide an economic boost to the region’s largest city. The UMass center is a key component of a downtown revitalization strategy, and the course offerings will be tailored to local workforce development needs
The University of Massachusetts is about to establish a long-awaited physical presence in the city of Springfield.
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join UMass President Robert Caret and several other officials to announce the location of a satellite center that will open next fall in the state's third-largest city.
The facility will house academic programs affiliated with the university's flagship campus in Amherst, as well as other UMass campuses.
More details are expected to be released at a late morning news conference.
The president of the University of Massachusetts embarked Tuesday on what has become an annual cross-state bus tour to promote the five-campus system. The tour started in Springfield, which may soon be home to the first UMass satellite campus.
University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret said the university is moving to establish a satellite center in downtown Springfield. He expects key decisions to be reached in the next four weeks on a location, what programs will be offered and how it will all be paid for.
The five-campus University of Massachusetts system generated $35 million during the 2011 fiscal year from the commercialization of its academic research, putting the school 14th nationally. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…
A report from the Association of University Technology Managers found that UMass signed 25 licenses, created one startup company, and filed 50 patent applications. UMass was sixth overall among public institutions and second behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among Bay State schools.