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Altenkirch Opens Annual Puerto Rican Summit Held at NJIT

“It is a privilege to host the Boricua Agenda Summit at NJIT, a university whose exceptionally diverse student body exemplifies the richness and strength of a society rooted in many different cultures,” said Altenkirch.

Note to Editors: Photos are available upon request.  Call Sheryl Weinstein at 973-596-3436 or 3433.

New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Senator Jon Corzine and businessman Doug Forrester attended and discussed their respective education plans, property taxes, bringing more jobs to New Jersey and health care improvements. Rep. Robert Menendez reminded everyone to vote.  Clarisa Gonzalez-Lenahan, associate director of graduate studies at NJIT, helped organize the event.

NJIT has had a long and productive relationship with the Puerto Rican community. Most recently representatives of NJIT and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), as well as the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPR-Mayaguez), brainstormed how to improve funding and academics. 

Opportunities discussed included the creation of joint undergraduate research experiences in math and science through grant proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and/or National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Also mentioned were creating a graduate certificate and/or master’s degree in pharmaceutical engineering at PUPR, organizing joint training programs for pharmaceutical companies in Puerto Rico, collaborative doctoral programs, exchanges between pre-college and college students and/or faculty and researchers, plus more.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.