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HU unveils Philadelphia location, partnership

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Christian Perry, left, and Laurie Barrow, from the admissions office of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, walk through the college's new space in Philadelphia.
Christian Perry, left, and Laurie Barrow, from the admissions office of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, walk through the college's new space in Philadelphia. - (Photo / )

Officials from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology on Friday officially cut the ribbon on the school's new location in downtown Philadelphia and announced a new agreement with the city's community college.

The new location expands HU's three-year-old presence in Philadelphia and allows its students to complete their degrees in the city.

HU had been holding classes in an 8,000 square-foot space in the historic Bourse Building near Independence Mall. Students had to transfer to Harrisburg to finish their degrees.

About 300 students from the Philadelphia school district are enrolled at HU, according to Eric Darr, HU's president.

Now students can complete degrees in interactive media and management/eBusiness - as well as in computer and information sciences and cyber security operations and management - at the new 38,000 square-foot space, located at 1500 Spring Garden St.

HU also is considering offering master's degrees in Philadelphia.

HU president Eric Darr addresses a crowd gathered for the official unveiling of the college's new space in Philadelphia.
HU president Eric Darr addresses a crowd gathered for the official unveiling of the college's new space in Philadelphia. - ()

"This space gives us the opportunity to serve students in Philadelphia better, " Darr said in an address during the unveiling. "It’s all about education and the more opportunities we can provide the better. This is the first day of many, many more great days in this space."

Students in Philadelphia will continue to have access to the main HU campus, while students from Harrisburg will have access to the Philly location. It can accommodate up to 500 students

HU is sharing the space with Hussian College, a four-year school for graphic design and commercial illustration. In 2014 Hussian was accredited to offer bachelor of fine art degrees.

In addition to unveiling its new space Friday, HU also said it has signed a so-called articulation agreement with Community College of Philadelphia, which is nearby. Articulation agreements generally make it easier for students to transfer between colleges that enter into them.

HU also is contemplating a bigger presence in the state capital. Earlier this year it asked for proposals to build a multistory health science education center in downtown Harrisburg

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