“I had a lot of time to think about all the people who made the difference,” Curran said. “It’s special…a year ago I couldn’t come here. I couldn’t even do a Skype interview a year ago so I’m happy.”
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After his retirement, Curran continued to teach, served as UD's president emeritus and as an executive in residence for Asian affairs for UD's China Institute in Suzhou, China, which launched under the former president, according to the university. UD announced in November that it planned to end classes at its China Institute, which Curran said was "sad" but was due to a changing higher education "environment."
When UD bought the former NCR headquarters, Curran said the goal was to expand and re-brand UDRI. In the decade since the university bought the property, the research center has set one record after another including performing $135.9 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2017, the school announced last year.
“It has allowed us to really create some incredible collaborations for our faculty, our students and our staff,” UD president Eric Spina said. “So, we’re really pleased to have this day here and most importantly to have Dan back home where he belongs.”
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