The University is first and foremost an institution of learning and teaching, committed to serving the needs of society and involved in the academic and civic communities of which it is a part. To this end the University is a member of the Fremont and San Jose Chambers of Commerce. NPU attends local job fairs and works with local businesses to provide job opportunities for our students. The University also provides space for meetings of various local government bodies and businesses.
Northwestern Polytechnic University’s mission is to provide a high-tech learning environment that motivates learners to pursue intellectual growth and professional development, and to prepare hi-tech professionals and global leaders. NPU accomplishes this with a student-centered educational philosophy, an object-oriented dynamic curriculum, a digital corporate-like environment, highly skilled practitioner faculty members, and performance-based learning.
The educational philosophy of the University includes an absolute commitment to academic excellence, programs available to both full-time and working adult students, effective business practices, and teaching methods and environments conducive to the development of devoted graduates enriched with critical thinking skills.
Northwestern Polytechnic University strives to meet the needs of professionals in the high-technology fields by providing learning opportunities in the following areas:
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Systems Engineering
- Computer Science
- Business Management
- Management Information Systems
Because Silicon Valley continually demands a multitude of electronics, computer, and business professionals, NPU aims to prepare individuals to achieve the proficiency necessary for quality work in the high-technology industry. Silicon Valley's most pressing needs are for hardware and software design engineers, software application specialists, networking experts, managers trained in the application of computers to business, and business personnel familiar with entrepreneurship and venture business management. While training students to meet these needs quickly, NPU's emphasis is on quality and integrity in the education.
NPU provides a unique educational culture and learning environment for students because NPU has been able to attract a strong pool of talented individuals from Silicon Valley to teach, conduct research, and provide student services. The abundance of talent and technical resources in Silicon Valley has also provided NPU with a unique student body. A significant percentage of the student population already works in high-tech industries, which makes the teaching and learning even more interesting.
NPU intends to continue to keep abreast of the fast-paced changes in the high-tech industries and at the same time to provide students with a rigorous educational experience.
Northwestern Polytechnic University is organized under California Corporate Law as a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation and is deemed tax-exempt, as applies to corporations falling within the IRS 501(c)(3) ruling.
NORTHWESTERN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY ADMINISTERS ALL ITS PROGRAMS WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, ETHNIC ORIGIN, AGE, OR SEX. NPU CONFRONTS AND REJECTS ALL MANIFESTATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION IN ITS EDUCATIONAL POLICIES, ADMISSION POLICIES, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR OTHER SCHOOL ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Jay Thompson (Chair)
Professor/Dean Emeritus, UC-Davis, Executive Director, Northern California Consortium for Distance Learning, Sacramento, CA
Professor Paul Jensen (Vice Chair)
Life Senior Member, IEEE, Associate Fellow, Society for Technical Communication, Pleasanton, CA
Dr. Chi-Fu Den
President Emeritus, National Taiwan Chiao-Tung University, Palo Alto, CA
Dr. Huan-Bin Liu
President Emeritus, South China University of Technology, San Diego, CA
Dr. Terrance Li
Senior Education Consultant, Berkeley, CA
Dr. JoNelle Zager
Former City Council Member, City of Fremont, Fremont, CA
Dr. George Hsieh
Commissioner, Economic Development Advisory Commissioner (EDAC), City of Fremont, President, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont, CA
Academic Advisory Committee
- Dr. Donald Bradley
Behavior Health Officer
El Camino Hospital Psychiatry
Mountain View, CA
- Dr. Tri Caohuu
Assoc. Dean, Department of EE
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
- Dr. Asayehgn Desta
Professor, Dominican University
San Rafael, CA
- Mr. Jose Esteves
Mayor, City of Milpitas
- Dr. Pochang Hsu
Dean of Academic Affairs, NPU
- Dr. Mengxiong Liu
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
- Dr. Duc T. Nguyen
President, Medical Education Division,
Public Health Solutions, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
- Mr. Henry Yin
Chair, B.O.D., Chamber of Commerce
City of Fremont