Dear MET Alumni,
We had an exciting 2015, celebrating a milestone that warms our hearts: 50 years of Boston University Metropolitan College.
Introducing our newly established College in its 1966 yearbook, the University anticipated that Americans will “continue to be educated and re-educated throughout their lives in order to keep up with the rapid changes that will occur.” Not only has this premonition of lifelong learning come true—it has become critical to the prosperity of our nation. For the past five decades, MET has continued to find innovative ways to ensure that BU's resources are accessible to the community, while bridging research to professional practice and staying abreast of industry developments with new initiatives such as this year’s degrees and certificates in Applied Business Analytics, Data Analytics, and Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity.
I hope you were able to attend one of our special anniversary events this past year. In September we presented a distinguished lecture with one of our most successful and prominent alumni, S. D. Shibulal (MET’88), cofounder and former CEO of Infosys. Like many of our students and graduates, Shibu received his master’s from MET while raising a family and working full-time. Fittingly, his lecture on “Entrepreneurship Driven by Innovation” focused on the core principles of success. His talk was followed by a panel discussion with several prominent thinkers.
In November, we threw a very large 50th anniversary gala, celebrating also the 80th birthday of legendary chef Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11). Jacques still teaches in the Certificate Program in Culinary Arts, which he cofounded with Julia Child (Hon.’76) along with our MLA in Gastronomy. An innovator and lifelong learner, Jacques has significantly helped to transform the way we regard food, while championing the power of a meal shared with friends and family.
Finally, we hosted a special MET Night @ Agganis Arena, at which we distributed commemorative “MET 50” scarves to almost two hundred attendees of the pre-game reception.
I am deeply grateful to our dedicated alumni, students, faculty, and staff for all their contributions to our wonderful institution. All in all, it has been an exciting and edifying year—and a suitable way to kick off the next 50 years of success at MET!
Boston University Metropolitan College