Agreement streamlines foundation transfers to HU

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health have reached an agreement that will help streamline the transfer of foundation course credits into HU undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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A memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently entered by both institutions also permits HU and the foundation to work together in the development, administration, management, promotion, and marketing of collaborative programs.

“Biotechnology has significantly impacted medical sciences for past several years. We are excited as we enter into this collaboration with NIH/FAES, especially since this collaboration provides a unique opportunity for offering courses that neatly blend innovative biomedical concepts with the industry trends,” said HU Biotechnology Professor Dr. Leena Pattarkine.

Specifically, the MOU allows HU and the foundation to:

  • Explore the possibility of transferring credits from NIH/FAES courses into Biotechnology graduate degree programs at HU.
  • Explore the possibility of transferring FAES’ Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer course credits into the Biotechnology Business & Management concentration at HU.
  • Explore the possibility of transferring FAES’ Medical and Physiology credits into a Medical Biotechnology concentration at HU.
  • Explore a collaboration between the institutions to build and provide training, short courses, conferences for NIH/FAES employees, fellows, etc. similar to courses that would complement and build upon existing courses.
  • Explore a collaboration between the foundation and HU to build and host new certificate programs for NIH/FAES employees, fellows, etc.

According to its mission statement, FAES is a nonprofit foundation, located at the National Institutes of Health, which conducts advanced educational programs and supporting activities to promote the productivity and attractiveness of professional life on the NIH campuses. FAES programs complement the work of NIH in accomplishing its mission of research and training in the biomedical sciences.

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