Villanova University’s College of Engineering has announced the opening of a new high-tech facility in Philadelphia Technology Park at the Philadelphia Navy Yard that will offer graduate programs, distance-learning courses, executive and professional engineering training programs, and space for corporate training with remote capabilities. The new facility, which opens in August, will provide students with the opportunity to learn in a new world-class research, development and industrial setting.
The 1,400-square-foot facility will house a 40-seat classroom and 10-seat collaboration area—both of which employ the latest in web broadcasting and video teleconferencing capabilities. Evening graduate engineering courses at the Navy Yard will begin Fall 2011. Classroom space also will be leasable to area corporations for in-house training. The state-of-the-art classroom space provides an option to companies with a national workforce looking to provide training and information in a more cost-effective, streamlined manner.
“We are thrilled to bring our leading engineering education graduate program to Philadelphia Technology Park at the Navy Yard, the premier technology and engineering hub for our region,” said Dr. Gary Gabriele, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering at Villanova. “This partnership allows us to offer our students the opportunity to learn in a new world-class research, development and industrial setting. It also allows our faculty to develop new research relationships, and strengthen existing ones, which will yield new challenges in the classroom and new opportunities for student research.”
“Everyone here at the Philadelphia Technology Park is extremely pleased to partner with one of the premier universities in the region on this innovative engineering graduate program,” said Corey Blanton, President of the Philadelphia Technology Park. “This collaboration with Villanova University will give the next generation of technology and engineering leaders real-world experience in the industry. At the Philadelphia Technology Park, we are committed to not only providing customers with a world-class data center, but also advancing the field and growing the technology sector in Philadelphia.”
Additionally, the College of Engineering’s Navy Yard facility will be used to provide Villanova continuing studies courses and will accommodate other University strategic goals including graduate recruitment events and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education outreach programs for the region’s K-12 students and educators.
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