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Nov. 30, 2009
Representatives from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. in St. Joseph and Northwest formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement today at the Northwest St. Joseph Center. The agreement builds on Northwest's longstanding tradition of providing graduate education in the St. Joseph area and results in Northwest tailoring the delivery method of its Master of Science in Biology program to fit the needs of BIVI staff scientists.
During the ceremony, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said professional development and partnership opportunities are imperative for businesses as well as higher education.
"Partnerships and commitment are represented today," Jasinski said. "Partnerships are the key to the future, and we are very proud of this one. I appreciate the commitment to not just St. Joseph, but the northwest Missouri region, Boehringer Ingelheim employees and Northwest employees."
Participating in today's event were Jasinski; Dr. Charles A. McAdams, dean of Northwest's College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Bernd Eichenmueller, BIVI executive director of vaccine production and process development; and Dan Nowalk, BIVI executive director of human resources and public relations.
As a result of the agreement, courses will be offered in a variety of methods, including instruction at the Northwest St. Joseph Center as well as online, at Northwest's Maryville campus and through blended instruction. A cohort of up to 12 students from BIVI will be enrolled in the 18-month program, scheduled to begin in January.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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