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Stamford campus to be site of new commerce research center

by Karen A. Grava - December 5, 2005

A center that will focus on research and scholarship related to global and international commerce is being established atthe Stamford Campus.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on Nov. 15, the Center for Globalization and Commerce at the Stamford Campus will engage in empirical and applied researchin a wide range of academic disciplines with global partners in industry, business, government, education, and commerce in Stamford and other Fairfield County communities.

“The center’s focus will be at the Stamford regional campus where there will be access to multinational businesses and corporations and a growing international and immigrant population, and where resources are going to be readily provided by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce,” says Provost Peter J. Nicholls.

The Stamford area is home to many global companies including UBS, a Swiss bank, and the soon-to-be opened headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, among others.

The center will provide opportunities for faculty exchanges and research collaborations with colleagues at universities around the world that will be established through the Stamford Chamber of Commerce’s world wide network and will provide students with opportunities for field work and internships, says Michael Ego, associate vice provost for the Stamford Campus.

“We are extremely happy with this new partnership between the Stamford Chamber of Commerce and UConn Stamford,” says Jack Condlin, president and chief executive officer of the chamber.

“Stamford is the strongest international trade center between New York and Boston,and the new center will help promote this fastest growing segment of our business community.”

The center will also create a teaching/learning environment where workshops, seminars, and lectures will be offered to and by UConn faculty, staff, and students and to and by business professionals and community members.

Ego says the center will be a resource to assist the Fairfield County community in exploring and understanding globalization and commerce.

The center will be guided byan oversight committee that will develop specific research questions to be explored.

It will build upon global partnerships the University already has, such as the edgelab collaboration at the campus with General Electric that allows students to work with GE employees on realbusiness initiatives.

“The center is an important way for the campus to both take advantage of the many resources in the community and to offer the community the diverse and excellent expertise of UConn faculty to address common research interests and topics,” says Ego.

“The partnerships we develop through this program will provide tremendous advantages to our students upon graduation as they enter the global economy, and will permit our faculty and staff to contribute to the Fairfield County community.”

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