The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), founded in 1964, is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban universities. The University, a doctoral granting institution, provides challenging teaching, distinguished research and extensive service which particularly respond to the academic and economic needs of its diverse populations. Designated as a US Department of Education Title III institution, UMB enrolls over 15,000 students. 56% are first generation college students, 45% of colour, 40% speak a language other than English at home, 38% recieve financial aid, and 50% work more than 20 hours a week. It is this vast diversity and the overwhelming passion to meet its needs that lead to the collaboration between UMB and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).