Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university that pushes beyond the boundaries of place. Our tradition of worldwide engagement creates a distinctive approach to education and research built on the values of experiential learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Northeastern is the recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world’s most innovative cooperative education program. We offer students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 133 countries on seven continents.
The same spirit of engagement guides a use-inspired research enterprise that is integrated around global challenges, including resilience, sustainability, security, and health.
The university’s impact is felt on every continent—through global experiential learning opportunities and through the diversity of a campus that connects students from 139 countries. Faculty members collaborate with colleagues around the world to discover solutions to societal issues. Alumni, prepared by Northeastern to be engaged citizens of the world before they graduate, are making a difference in more than145 countries around the globe.
Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.
Joseph E. Aoun, President
Joseph E. Aoun, a leader in higher-education policy and innovation and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh president of Northeastern University.
A respected voice on the value of global and experiential education, President Aoun has expanded Northeastern’s signature co-op program worldwide. Students have opportunities to work, study, and conduct research in 133 countries, on all seven continents.
President Aoun has strategically aligned the university’s research enterprise with three global imperatives—health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern is home to more than 35 research centers and institutes including seven established by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Northeastern’s faculty members focus on interdisciplinary research and on transforming discoveries into solutions that address the world’s most pressing problems.
Northeastern’s excellence in education, research, and global engagement is attracting highly talented applicants from throughout the U.S. and around the world. This year, it received more than 51,000 applications for freshman admission—the highest in the university’s history. Under President Aoun’s leadership, Northeastern has established a network of regional campuses in the U.S. and Canada and has developed more than 200 online and hybrid professional graduate programs.
President Aoun came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his PhD in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees from the University of Paris (France) VIII and Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon).
President Aoun has published seven books and written more than 40 scholarly articles. In 2006 he was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms) by the French government. In 2011, he received the Robert A. Muh Award from MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a past chair of the American Council on Education. In 2013, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.