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President Joel S. Bloom has been invited to speak at the 2017 International Council for Small Business Knowledge Summit on Micro-, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). Bloom, who was asked by New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks to lead the NJ delegation, will join other academic leaders to examine how MSMEs have the potential to make a long-lasting positive impact on global development needs, as the engine for economic growth and job creation. The summit, being held today at the United Nations, will focus on how the collaboration between higher education and MSMEs helps to create an innovative ecosystem.

The strong partnership with higher education institutions like NJIT offers MSMEs access to state-of-the-art resources and enables a transfer of knowledge in the commercialization of research conducted on academic campuses through direct involvement with university incubators and student internships.

Bloom will discuss how NJIT plays an instrumental role in MSME success, highlighting the university’s various career planning initiatives and corporate partnerships created through the Enterprise Development Center, New Jersey Innovation Institute, NJIT Highlanders Angel Network and Continuing Professional Education, which has provided corporate training and professional development programs for more than 76,500 employees and residents at 665 New Jersey companies since 1990.