HAMDEN — The Connecticut Board of Education has granted Quinnipiac University licenses for programs in civil, mechanical, industrial and software engineering leading to BS degrees and enabling the university to launch its engineering program in the School of Business & Engineering.

“We can now officially market, recruit and teach courses in our four engineering disciplines,” said Scott Hamilton, chair of engineering. An outside reviewer met with Hamilton and other administrators to examine each of the programs, its plan and how it will be supported. The first engineering classes will begin this August. 

Individual engineering classes will not exceed 20 students, Hamilton said, allowing for intimate learning environments. “They will know their professor and their professor will know them,” Hamilton said.

 BRIDGEPORT — The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Anita Gliniecki of Housatonic Community College has joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through the program, presidents of community colleges nationwide commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well-being of the communities they serve.

“The support of entrepreneurship is critical to the economic growth and vitality of the college’s service region and the state,” said President Gliniecki. “Thus, HCC has actively promoted and supported our students’ development of the necessary skills to be successful entrepreneurs.”

 WEST HAVEN — Ketryk Wilder of Burnt Hills, N.Y., will be a sophomore at the University of New Haven this fall, but he won’t be in West Haven. He will be the university’s first exchange student in South Korea.

Last month UNH signed an exchange agreement with the Korea National Police University (KNPU), by virtue of which Wilder will join a class of 30 Korean students who will be studying criminal justice as they train to become Korean national police officers. In return KNPU has identified two students who will attend UNH in the fall.

The exchange agreement was signed by UNH and KNPU on July 30 when the KNPU president and chief superintendent general Cheon-Ho Suh came to West Haven to tour the UNH campus.

Each year KNPU admits 120 South Koreans between the age of 17 to 20 who are high school graduates and have proven scholastic ability.  Students must successfully complete a four-year course of study (172 credits) to graduate.