On September 16–17, MCU hosted an academic visit of the delegation from University of Washington Tacoma, US.
UW Tacoma’s Rector Mark Allen Pagano and Ali Modrres, Director of School of Urban Studies, joined their MCU colleagues at the round table discussion ‘University as center of urban lifestyle’. The key discussion issue included an overview of various cooperation initiatives between universities and municipal administration aimed at improving the city environments.
UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that puts much effort into creating an innovative and comfortable environment for students to learn efficiently. One of its priorities is urban development, which is pursued by offering customized training programs, conducting urban-focused research, and engaging in impactful city projects. The underlying principle of UW Tacoma’s initiatives is ‘We bring life into the streets‘.
At the meeting, Mark Pagano and Ali Modrres presented UW Tacoma, its training programs and crucial urban projects, such as restoration of old buildings while preserving their historical uniqueness.
In turn, the MCU’s representatives spoke of the keynote MCU projects designed to improve the urban lifestyle and engage the local communities in the city’s initiatives, such as The Silver University or The City Textbook.
On September 17, Mark Pagano and Ali Modrres met with MCU students at an open lecture dedicated to the student lifestyle at a US university. The meeting was held in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, encouraging MCU students to ask quite a lot of questions about what it is like being a student in the US.
The visit of the UW Tacoma’s delegation at MCU proved to be very efficient in terms of information dissemination, best practices exchange and outline of cooperation possibilities.