Officials from East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday morning that will improve research and educational opportunities at both schools in the field of public health.

The agreement outlines their commitment to a collaborative relationship that will enable faculty from both institutions to work together on research and educational initiatives and provide an easier path for graduates of UNC Pembroke to matriculate to degree and certificate programs offered by ECU’s Department of Public Health.

“Like all of our system institutions, ECU and UNC Pembroke care deeply about the people in the state of North Carolina,” said Dr. Mark Stacy, dean of ECU’S Brody School of Medicine and interim vice chancellor for ECU’s Division of Health Sciences. “Today we are formalizing a partnership that provides educational and research opportunities for our students and faculty, and will align our mutual interests in improving the safety and health for the people in our region.”

During the signing event, which took place at ECU’s William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, UNC Pembroke Chancellor Dr. Robin Gary Cummings discussed how the partnership with ECU is another step forward for UNC Pembroke in elevating its region.

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Originally published Dec. 6, 2018.