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Leading Global Property Advising Firm Savills to Kickstart Master’s-Level Study Abroad Initiative for Queens College, City University of New York, Graduates to Attend Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Funding will benefit low-income candidates of diverse backgrounds in shared mission of both schools to provide equal access to a high-quality, global education

WHAT:  Ira Schuman, vice chairman and New York branch co-manager of Savills, an international real estate services firm founded in the United Kingdom, will present an oversized check for $25,000 to Queens College President Frank H. Wu and Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins, president, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. The facsimile check represents initial funding to support Queens College graduates from low-income underrepresented groups pursuing master’s degrees in 12-month programs at Lucy Cavendish College, the fastest growing constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

WHO: Hosted by Wu, speakers are Atkins; Thomas J. Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce; Queens College alumni Moyagaye Bedward; and Schuman.

WHERE: Queens College | 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367 | Directions to Campus Campus Map
Q-Side Lounge, Main Dining Hall, preceded by an informal breakfast reception in the adjacent President’s Lounge

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Both Queens College of the City University of New York and Lucy Cavendish College of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom are committed to serving underrepresented students from low-income and often marginalized communities. The proposed study abroad program aims to provide such Queens College graduates with opportunities that will help unlock their potential as they pursue a graduate degree, supporting their ambitions for careers with leading firms, not-for-profit organizations, or as entrepreneurs. This aligns with Queens College’s mission to prepare students—who speak 96 native languages and identify with 133 ancestries—to serve as innovative leaders in a diverse world that they make more equitable and inclusive. Similarly, Lucy Cavendish College seeks to broaden the experience of Queens College graduates by immersing them in its outstanding academic and research programs alongside its diverse student population, which represents more than 80 countries.

About Queens College of the City University of New York
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college has been cited by Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges for five consecutive years, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more​.

About Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
Lucy Cavendish College is the fastest growing and most diverse of the 31 constituent colleges within the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  The College’s mission is to unlock the potential of exceptional students from non-traditional and underrepresented backgrounds who are driven by a desire to make a difference and who are committed to having a positive and lasting impact on society.  Founded in 1965, the College is named in honor of Lucy Cavendish, a leading 19th century activist for the reform of women’s education. Originally an institution that transformed the life chances of mature women, the College decided to open those opportunities to students of all ages in 2020 and all genders in 2021. The College is truly a dynamic, inclusive and supportive global community with international students from 80 countries making up a significant proportion of the student population.


About Savills

Savills, a global leader in commercial real estate, specializes in helping organizations find solutions that ensure employee success. The firm’s integrated teams of consultants and brokers serve as advocates for occupier clients, offering services in tenant representation, capital markets, and project management.  The company’s successful workforce and incentives strategy and workplace strategy drive profitability and productivity and boost the potential of workplaces across the United States and around the world.  For more information, visit

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Maryellen Nugent Lee, Harbor Group Communications, Inc. | | 917-825-0557

Maria Matteo, Queens College |


Maria Matteo

Media and College Relations