- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (AP) - The University of Massachusetts Amherst is receiving a $15 million donation to strengthen its data science and cybersecurity programs.

The 10-year donation comes from the MassMutual Foundation, a charitable arm of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. UMass announced the gift on Friday.

University officials say $12 million will be used to hire faculty and add courses at the school’s Center for Data Science, and $3 million will support research at its Cybersecurity Institute. It will also create a new cybersecurity certificate at the school’s satellite center in Springfield, which officials say could draw professionals to the area.

At an event announcing the donation, Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said it will help make the state a national leader in cybersecurity.

UMass Amherst, the state’s flagship campus, enrolls 28,000 students.

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