Cambridge-MIT Exchange: Celebrating 16 Years of Transforming Student Lives

Published in MIT News on October 27, 2017, by Scott Murray, Global Education and Career Development

A bittersweet gathering of alumni, faculty, and administrators marks the MIT-Cambridge University exchange program's final year.

“CME was born of a sense that MIT and Cambridge undergraduates had something to teach each other and something to learn from each other.”

These remarks, penned by Dan Hastings, were shared last month by Melanie Parker at a celebration marking the end of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME) program. Hastings, who was not able to attend the event, supported the program during his tenure as dean for undergraduate education. Parker is the executive director for MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD), the office that managed CME.

CME began in 2001 as a part of a larger research collaboration between Cambridge University, England, and MIT. The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) funded the exchange in its initial years and was an ambitious endeavor aimed at developing a more competitive, entrepreneurial United Kingdom with partners in industry and a £65 million investment from the British government. CMI enabled an exchange not only of students between campuses, but also faculty and programs...

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