LOWELL — Middlesex Community College recently welcomed W. Patrick Murphy, the United States ambassador to Cambodia, to the college’s Nesmith House during a visit to Lowell.
The event allowed Middlesex to show Ambassador Murphy all of the wonderful ways in which the college supports Cambodian students, including the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution grant Middlesex received from the U.S. Department of Education in 2016. Through the AANAPISI grant, the college opened the Asian Connections Center and strengthened the Program for Asian American Student Advancement.
During the event, Murphy described his vast experience in international relations, as well as his service to the country. He offered some history into America’s support in Cambodia and explained the benefits and challenges the countries have faced. The relationship, he said, is a work in progress, but he remains positive.
Murphy also expressed his appreciation for the value of community colleges — having attended one when he was in college during summer break while he worked during the day and took classes in the evening with faculty who offered practical expertise, rather than theoretical.