Swarthmore College receives $50 million gift for interdisciplinary connections
December 12, 2012
Pennsylvania's Swarthmore College recently received a $50 million gift from philanthropist and alumnus Eugene Lang
to help build new engineering and science buildings that will expand the school's program and build connections across disciplines. Specifically, liberal arts programs will be linked in new ways to engineering and science studies.
"Higher education in the 21st century will serve its students - and society - best if it focuses on knowledge design, real-world problem solving, and basic research," said Lang. "Because Swarthmore combines engineering with a strong liberal arts education, the College is uniquely situated to meet those contemporary needs."
While this is the largest gift in the school's history, this is just one of Lang's moves to provide support for the college. The Lang Opportunity Scholars Program has helped more than 200 students complete projects for the common good of many communities and countries over the past three decades. He was also given support through gifts to the Lang Music Building, the Eugene and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.
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