Private Boston university plans branch in Seattle

SEATTLE — Northeastern University is a private research institution based in Boston. But it plans to open a storefront campus in January in Seattle offering graduate degrees.

The Seattle Times reported that it will be based in the same building as the Institute for System Biology in the South Lake Union neighborhood where Amazon.com is headquartered.

The university president, Joseph Aoun, says Northeastern believes there’s a strong market in Seattle from college graduates who need more education to advance their careers.

Former Chamber of Commerce President Tayloe Washburn will be dean of the branch campus.

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