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 are courses in which Drexel students engage with their counterparts at a partner university abroad.
In the community, students and faculty work alongside residents of the West Philadelphia neighborhood through programs at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. In the center’s Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, for instance, Kline School of Law students advocate on behalf of clients in need of legal services. School of Education students assist at neighboring public schools, and College of Nursing and Health Professions students provide quality healthcare to the underserved at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services in North Philadelphia.
Drexel’s Food Lab is a student-run interdisciplinary food research group formed in 2014 to solve culinary challenges for clients such as The Hershey Co., Bumblebee and Aramark. Here, Anna Wilson ’21 and Eric Eildefonzo ’21 are developing a recipe for an all-natural stool softening candy for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with the lab’s director, Jon Deutsch.
In the marketplace, Drexel is an active partner with
industry on projects that create real-world opportunities
for students and faculty. Drexel’s Business Solutions
Institute is the entry portal for companies seeking to
work collaboratively with any Drexel entity on research, custom training and evidence-based solutions. Vanguard, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell’s Soup Co., Independence Blue Cross and PECO are just a sampling of companies that have connected to Drexel faculty and students through interdisciplinary projects, classes, executive education opportunities and custom industry lab research.
This attention to the connection between the academy and the real world all comes full circle with Drexel’s tech commercialization arm, Drexel Applied Innovation. Faculty, current students and alumni interested in marketing their inventions or ideas benefit from many campus resources, including ic@3401, an innovation center for early-stage tech companies that has helped 52 member companies raise $54 million since 2016.
The Next 100
Advances in medicine, science, communication, automation and artificial intelligence are accelerating rapidly now. Unforeseen shifts will change what we need to know and how we learn it. What will co-op look like in 50 years? 100 years? What kind of new experiential learning opportunities will crop up that we can’t even imagine today? What challenges will Drexel students have a hand in solving?
“We’re already mapping out the future of Drexel Co-op,” says President Fry. “It’s going to remain vibrant and more relevant than ever in preparing students for careers in an ever-changing workplace.”
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