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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - November 2019

By Mary Jane Chew

Purdue University honored for Innovation

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has named Purdue University a 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Place award winner. Purdue received the IEP Place award for exemplary initiatives resulting in social, cultural or community development. The IEP awards recognize innovative projects or programs in economic engagement.

“This award is a testament to the presence of Purdue University throughout the state of Indiana and beyond,” said Steve Abel, Purdue University associate provost for engagement. “This presence allows Purdue, Indiana’s land-grant university, to educate future leaders and improve the quality of life for Indiana residents and our global society.”

The winners of the awards were announced earlier this month at the 2019 APLU annual meeting in San Diego.

Purdue won the award, in part, based on the work of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and recent accomplishments that include the $120 million State Street Redevelopment Project completed last year through a partnership between Purdue and the city of West Lafayette. The project spurred over $1 billion of development, including the Discovery Park District, a long-term project to build a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural and community activities.

The district already includes partnerships with Rolls-RoyceSchweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Saab.  Combined, the three companies are expected to create more than 600 new high-tech jobs. 

Purdue also has invested in two Purdue Polytechnic High School locations in Indianapolis with a goal to fully prepare high school students who otherwise might not have the opportunity for high-tech and STEM-related careers.

The mission of the Purdue Polytechnic High Schools is to create an environment of academic excellence characterized by industry-focused experiential learning; mentors who nurture, guide and trust; and students who develop a natural thirst to learn in preparation for their lifelong journeys.

The practical goal of the schools is to develop a new generation of skilled talent by seamlessly transitioning student graduates from high school to college to high-tech and/or high-wage jobs. Purdue Polytechnic High School students who meet Purdue University admission criteria will have direct admittance to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in West Lafayette.

The Purdue Polytechnic High Schools were established through a partnership between Purdue University and the city of Indianapolis with the support of the Indianapolis Public Schools and several community and industry partners.

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