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Northeastern University announced that it is the first U.S.-based institution of higher learning to be granted “university title” by England’s higher education regulator, the Office for Students.

When Northeastern merged with London’s New College of the Humanities in 2019, the college’s name was changed to NCH at Northeastern. On Wednesday, it became Northeastern University–London.

Susan Lapworth, interim chief executive of the Office for Students, said students need assurance that a higher education provider using the title “university” will live up to its name. “Protecting the use of the term ‘university’ by carefully considering the suitability of an institution to hold that title means the [Office for Students] is protecting the reputation of the entire sector,” Lapworth said.