Northeastern selects location for Seattle graduate campus

August 14, 2012

Northeastern University has selected the innovative South Lake Union location for its new graduate campus in Seattle. Photo by istockphoto.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Tuesday announced the loca­tion of its new grad­uate campus in the growing South Lake Union neigh­bor­hood, an inno­v­a­tive hub of global health, life sci­ences and tech­nology com­pa­nies and insti­tu­tions that com­ple­ments the grad­uate degrees offered by the university.

Located at 401 Terry Avenue North, North­eastern University–Seattle will share the head­quar­ters building of the Insti­tute for Sys­tems Biology, one of Seattle’s pre­mier, non­profit research orga­ni­za­tions. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with ISB is one of many research part­ner­ships the uni­ver­sity plans to develop.

“As a nexus of inno­va­tion, South Lake Union is the ideal loca­tion for a global research uni­ver­sity like North­eastern,” said Tayloe Wash­burn, dean and CEO of North­eastern University–Seattle. “With cen­trally located South Lake Union as our home base, we are ener­gized to bring a new non­profit research uni­ver­sity to Seattle to assure that the com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions in our region have the high-​​quality talent they need to grow and succeed.”

Northeastern’s grad­uate cam­puses strate­gi­cally align the university’s edu­ca­tional and research strengths with the needs of the regions’ high-​​profile indus­tries. Opening in early 2013, North­eastern University–Seattle will offer 15 grad­uate degree pro­grams ranging from cyber­se­cu­rity and com­puter sci­ence to health infor­matics and engi­neering. Each pro­gram is designed to meet the needs of the Puget Sound region’s inno­v­a­tive tech­nology sector, which is anchored by employers such as Microsoft, Amazon​.com and Boeing, and fueled by a vibrant startup culture.

“By locating in South Lake Union and part­nering with insti­tu­tions like ISB, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is making a strong state­ment about its com­mit­ment to building strategic part­ner­ships with regional employers and research part­ners that will ben­efit stu­dents’ career suc­cess,” said Lee Hood, CEO of ISB. “ISB is very excited about part­nering with North­eastern to create inno­v­a­tive aca­d­emic offer­ings for courses in new pro­grams such as sys­tems biology and per­son­al­ized medicine.”

A North­eastern alumnus, Ken Stuart, pres­i­dent emer­itus and founder of Seattle BioMed, wel­comed his alma mater to the South Lake Union community.

“I had my under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, and I’m thrilled the uni­ver­sity is cre­ating a grad­uate campus in Seattle and bringing its lead­er­ship in grad­uate edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­en­tial learning to the region,” Stuart said. “North­eastern stu­dents in Seattle will have a great oppor­tu­nity to learn from expert fac­ulty and be part of a dis­tin­guished global network.”

All North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents and alumni have access to the same global net­work of resources, whether they are enrolled at the Seattle or Char­lotte grad­uate cam­puses or at the university’s main campus in Boston. Stu­dents will ben­efit from the men­toring and exper­tise of Northeastern’s world-​​class faculty.

Northeastern’s fac­ulty will teach industry-​​aligned grad­uate pro­grams both online and on-​​site at the Seattle campus. This hybrid learning approach com­bines the tra­di­tional ben­e­fits of face-​​to-​​face instruc­tion with the flex­i­bility of online learning.

“North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will add great value to our local tech entre­pre­neurs and com­pa­nies throughout Wash­ington state,” said Susan Sigl, CEO of the Wash­ington Tech­nology Industry Asso­ci­a­tion. “The university’s focus on industry-​​aligned degrees and local part­ner­ships is a pow­erful com­bi­na­tion for Wash­ington stu­dents and employers.”

The new loca­tion also rep­re­sents lead­er­ship in sus­tain­ability, as the ISB building is LEED (Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­mental Design) Platinum-​​certified, the highest level of this sus­tain­able cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The campus, which fea­tures meeting and recep­tion space, as well as modern class­rooms with cutting-​​edge tech­nology, including advanced video con­fer­encing equip­ment, is in the center of many of the region’s most dynamic com­pa­nies and organizations.

The new grad­uate campus space will also fea­ture a one-​​of-​​a-​​kind art instal­la­tion by Seattle-​​based artist J.P. Canlis, who is known for his steady tide of artistic cre­ativity in the glass art genre. The instal­la­tion, titled “Con­nec­tivity,” will draw vis­i­tors into the space and illus­trate the inter­con­nec­tivity among the North­eastern com­mu­nity and its global networks.