UMUC Signs Agreement with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at NIH

New agreement will afford students who complete the foundation's certificate program the opportunity to transfer seamlessly to one of four graduate programs at UMUC

February 1, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (February 1, 2011) – UMUC announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), located at the Bethesda, MD campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new agreement will allow students who graduate from the foundation's Technology Transfer Certificate Program to make a seamless transition into one of four UMUC graduate programs—the Master of Science program in management, technology management, information technology or biotechnology.

"UMUC is pleased and proud to partner with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Graduate School at NIH as a means of helping fulfill its mission and supporting research within the NIH," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "At UMUC, we are dedicated to providing educational opportunities to adult students everywhere, and partnerships like this one support the ever-changing needs of industries in our area and abroad."

The agreement will allow graduates of FAES's certificate program to seamlessly transfer 15 credits toward a technology transfer specialization in one of four UMUC graduate programs. They will then be required to complete 15 core credits and an additional 6 credits in their area of specialization to earn the graduate degree.

The agreement builds on the FAES Technology Transfer Certificate Program, which teaches students how to translate ideas that originate from research in academic labs into useful products that can be transplanted into the marketplace. The program is taught exclusively by industry practitioners, allowing students the opportunity to simultaneously gain necessary knowledge and build professional networks.

About the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences was established in 1959 to foster and encourage scientific research and education in support of the NIH. The FAES Graduate School at NIH offers nearly 200 courses each year at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. FAES Graduate School courses are open to members of the NIH community, other federal employees and the general public.