blog posts Governor Pritzker joins U of I System board in roundtable discussion Sep 22, 2023 9:15 am Gov. J.B. Pritzker met with the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees on Thursday at its regular bimonthly meeting, taking part in a roundtable discussion on topics including enrollment trends, initiatives to address college affordability and the role of the system in contributing to economic development. DPI wins $5M NSF award to explore clean energy, equitable transportation solutions Sep 19, 2023 10:45 am Working alongside the University of Birmingham, DPI will establish the NSF-led Global Center for Clean Energy and Equitable Transportation Solutions (CLEETS). CLEETS will bring together eminent climate, energy, data science, and transportation experts to search for ways to reduce carbon emissions in road transportation. System’s trio of universities celebrates U.S. News & World Report rankings Sep 18, 2023 11:30 am The University of Illinois System’s Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield universities again ranked high among public institutions and universities nationwide in a U.S. News & World Report analysis. New collection of stories spotlights people, programs making a difference Sep 14, 2023 1:15 pm This new digital publication features stories about successful students and important research, but that's not all. The U of I System also prioritizes supporting economic development in Illinois and worldwide. Innovation, partnerships, equity, and wellbeing play key roles, too. Explore "Extraordinary. Everywhere." U of I System welcomes record classes of first-year students, undergraduates Sep 11, 2023 11:00 am Enrollment of first-year freshmen at University of Illinois System universities reached a record level of 13,231 this fall, as did total system enrollment of 60,013 undergraduate students. Enrollment of in-state undergraduate students increased by 1.5% across the system, with Illinois residents making up about 79.2% of undergraduate enrollees. Illinois Innovation Network awards inaugural manufacturing grant Aug 29, 2023 12:00 pm The funded project will combine manufacturing and inspection processes into a single collaborative robot platform to reduce setup and maintenance complexity, as well as the amount of workforce training needed to implement and operate the robots. Real Impact: Partnering to bridge the digital divide reaps rural benefits Aug 29, 2023 10:15 am “When farmers succeed, their communities prosper,” said Jay Walsh, who oversees the University of Illinois System-led Illinois Innovation Network, which is helping unite key partners in the broadband mission. Fall 2023 Welcome from President Killeen Aug 28, 2023 11:30 am Welcome to a new academic year! Our three University of Illinois System universities are brimming with new and returning students, both on campus and online. U of I System expands Diverse Supplier Development Program to serve 35 companies Aug 25, 2023 12:30 pm The program was created to help business owners from diverse backgrounds grow their companies and increase options for serving as public-sector vendors. Real Impact: University of Illinois Chicago siblings make advocacy a way of life Aug 13, 2023 5:00 pm Melodie and Marvin Slaughter are among the younger Illinois Connection alumni who use their experience and influence to ensure legislative support for the U of I System’s work in societal equity, higher education, economic development, and more. First Shin Humanitarian Award recipient honored for work 'the world is proud of' Aug 2, 2023 9:15 am Renowned crop breeder Bir Bahadur (B.B.) Singh received the inaugural Dr. Tai R. Shin and Mrs. You H. Shin Humanitarian Award in recognition of his exemplary impact on humanity by addressing global food security. Trustees support UIS pilot plan to offer in-state tuition to out-of-state students Jul 20, 2023 11:30 am The pilot program, which takes effect in the 2024 fall semester, will be offered to students in St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri, including much of the St. Louis metropolitan area, and Scott County in Iowa, which includes the Davenport area. IIN awards inaugural round of social innovation seed grants Jul 17, 2023 2:15 pm The funding for this Illinois Innovation Network progam is provided by the University of Illinois System, and designed to translate research into projects that directly affect lives, address critical social problems, and build trusted partnerships in communities across Illinois. UIS to establish Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice Jul 17, 2023 10:15 am As part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the new institute will offer academic programs, develop community partnerships and outreach, and conduct research to help address social justice issues in central Illinois and beyond. Illinois Innovation Network awards seed grants to four new projects Jul 6, 2023 11:00 am The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) awarded nearly $120,000 in seed grants to four research teams this month. The funding is part of IIN’s Sustaining Illinois program, which is designed to increase collaborative research among the state’s public universities. Real Impact: Robust collaborations activate diverse vendors' successes Jul 6, 2023 9:00 am The Diverse Supplier Development Program welcomes minority-, woman-, persons with disabilities-, and veteran-owned businesses at no cost to participants. The diversity procurement program lives out the system’s commitment to creating a more inclusive Illinois economy. Statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in admissions cases Jun 29, 2023 2:30 pm A statement from President Killeen, Chancellor-elect Miranda, Chancellor Gooch, and Chancellor Jones on the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in admissions cases. Discovery Partners Institute summer programs to serve record number of students Jun 29, 2023 9:30 am Both the Digital Scholars and Digital Bridge programs seek to create stronger, more inclusive pathways of students into Illinois four-year institutions to pursue and complete computer science, data science, and engineering degrees. Coalition brings desperately needed grocery store to Illinois' southernmost city Jun 20, 2023 1:15 pm University of Illinois System leaders visited Cairo last summer to explore ways to support the port town’s revitalization work. President Killeen: Higher education 'engine ready to drive us forward' Jun 13, 2023 2:45 pm In this op-ed for Fortune, alongside the The Harris Poll, U of I System President Tim Killeen shows that higher education provides the economic and societal infrastructure we require in fast-changing times. DPI, National University of Singapore launch innovation programs, establish Chicago presence Jun 2, 2023 2:00 pm NUS is Asia’s top university, ranked 11th in the 2023 QS World Rankings. Under this memorandum of understanding, NUS will launch its global entrepreneurship program, the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC), in Chicago in 2024. Real Impact: Hope Chicago delivers wide welcome to students, families May 31, 2023 3:00 pm For now, the program is available to about 4,000 students at five Chicago high schools – many from historically underrepresented groups – plus one parent or guardian each. Student support covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and a laptop, plus a yearly stipend. U of I System leadership applauds state budget’s higher education support May 30, 2023 2:15 pm The system’s $697.8 million operating budget in the 2024 fiscal year that begins July 1 includes a 7.0% increase for general operations. “I would like to thank Gov. Pritzker and the General Assembly for their support of public higher education and for their vision for the future needs of Illinois residents,” system President Tim Killeen said. David Merriman named interim director of IGPA May 24, 2023 12:00 pm David F. Merriman has been appointed interim director of the University of Illinois System’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), system Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nicholas P. Jones announced today. Merriman is the James J. Stukel Presidential Professor of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics at the University of Illinois Chicago’s (UIC) College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. U of I System poised to address challenges of the future May 18, 2023 12:00 pm In addition to President Killeen's remarks on the system's future, trustees made key appointments, a new UIC department was approved, and a provisional FY2024 budget was authorized. U of I System, Hebrew University launch third round of joint R&D teams May 17, 2023 11:00 am The University of Illinois System and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) recently awarded funding to four new interdisciplinary research teams that will drive innovations and advance collaboration between the universities. This joint research and innovation seed grant program began in 2019. Real Impact: Research without borders delights Mexican exchange student May 5, 2023 3:45 pm Students from Mexico studying here, as well as Mexican-American students doing research internships in Mexico, receive educational support and mentoring as part of the new Mexican & Mexican-American Students initiative (I-MMÁS). DPI, CPS partner to engage high school students in tech Apr 27, 2023 2:30 pm The partnership helped support and encourage nearly 250 CPS students from a dozen CPS schools to explore the tech field this year. This workshop series helps expand DPI’s efforts to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Chicago. System universities celebrate new round of grad program rankings Apr 26, 2023 12:45 pm Programs at the three universities in the University of Illinois System again placed prominently in the 2023-24 U.S. News Best Graduate Programs rankings. Gift Days 2023 Apr 26, 2023 10:30 am University of Illinois System leaders announced additional paid days off for staff during the winter holidays for the eighth straight year. Illinois Broadband Lab launches survey to shape broadband investment plan Apr 25, 2023 9:30 am Anyone in Illinois is encouraged to click here to access the survey and share their perspectives and input about the planning initiative, forthcoming federal investment, and the work of the Illinois Office of Broadband and Illinois Broadband Lab. Gov. Pritzker announces 'Innovate Illinois' partnership to secure federal funding Apr 6, 2023 10:45 am The diverse coalition of business leaders, higher education institutions, and elected officials will coordinate the state's efforts to secure funding through the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. U of I System, UIUC commit $50M supporting new Illinois Computes program Apr 5, 2023 10:30 am This new initiative led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) will foster collaboration with researchers at all three system campuses on advanced research computing support and systems over the next five years. Discovery Partners Institute launches socio-demographic equity dashboard Apr 4, 2023 10:45 am The dashboard provides an in-depth analysis of the six distinct neighborhood types in Illinois and their corresponding socio-demographic variables, allowing users to better understand the characteristics of communities throughout the state. Trustees give green light to design of Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters Mar 30, 2023 11:45 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the design of the new Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) headquarters, planned as an anchor for a new innovation district in Chicago’s newest neighborhood. Governor appoints engineer, business leader to U of I Board of Trustees Mar 29, 2023 10:00 am Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed prominent civil and structural engineer and business leader Wilbur Milhouse III to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Real Impact: Innovation, compassion feed Dixon Springs neighbors Mar 22, 2023 5:00 pm State funding helps make Dixon Springs Agricultural Center a magnet for research, information, and interaction. Funding also supports innovative and environment-friendly tactics like high tunnels that benefit the region. DPI, DESY announce R&D, corporate development partnership Mar 20, 2023 1:45 pm The Discovery Partners Institute, part of the University of Illinois System, and DESY, a national accelerator lab in Germany, today announced a partnership to advance the commercialization of their research and support the launch of businesses in each city. U of I System Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Taiwan's NTHU Mar 17, 2023 10:15 am The agreement was signed during a multiday trip to Taiwan by President Killeen and a delegation of other U of I System leaders. During the trip, the delegation met with Taiwanese Prime Minister Chen Chien-jen; leaders from National Taiwan University and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University; Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute and Ministry of Education; and companies such as Hon Hai, AUO and TSMC. New Shin Humanitarian Award invites nominations by May 1 Mar 15, 2023 9:00 am Students, faculty, and staff at University of Illinois System universities, as well as alumni, will help determine who receives a unique new award for positively impacting humanity. President Killeen meets Taiwan prime minister, discusses partnership Mar 13, 2023 12:30 pm A delegation led by University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen met with Taiwan Prime Minister Chen Chien-jen and others to discuss further partnership and cooperation between the system and Taiwan in Chinese-language education and high-tech fields. Real Impact: Institute seeks funding bump for environment-focused mission Mar 6, 2023 7:00 am The system is asking the state for a 12 percent boost for Prairie Research Institue in the next budget cycle, increasing the $14.8 million budget to about $16.5 million. PRI receives essentially the same annual contribution from the state as it did when it became part of the U of I System in 2009. Illinois Ventures and Illinois alumni collaborate on launch of Illini Angel network Mar 2, 2023 8:45 am The University of Illinois System's venture capital arm and prominent alumni join forces to finance, support, and mentor early-stage companies with university roots. Devastation in Turkey, Syria impacts University of Illinois System community Feb 23, 2023 2:45 pm The scale of the disaster is Syria and Turkey is staggering, and our hearts go out to all who are struggling with these losses. Discovery Partners Institute receives $2.36M disease-control contract from CDPH Feb 21, 2023 10:30 am The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is expanding its wastewater surveillance in Chicago beyond the virus that causes COVID-19 under a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) agreement that extends their disease-control efforts into mid-2024. The DPI-led scientific team is now also analyzing wastewater for evidence of influenza A and B. The new agreement permits this search to grow to include other pathogens, such as the polio or monkeypox viruses, should they emerge as public health concerns. Real Impact: Heart-focused agency advances neighbor helping neighbor Feb 17, 2023 8:00 am Illinois Heart Rescue teaches bystander CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) use and other emergency essentials in large part because of state funding. This spring, the University of Illinois System again is advocating for the program’s annual funding as part of its annual state budget request. State of Illinois, U of I System launch broadband, digital equity initiative Feb 16, 2023 11:00 am The Connect Illinois Broadband and Digital Equity Planning Initiative will enable the state to receive historic federal Digital Equity and Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program funds in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Budget plan to provide reinvestment in U of I System, public higher education Feb 15, 2023 4:30 pm The state budget proposed today by Governor J.B. Pritzker would provide a 7% increase in general operating support for the University of Illinois System, increasing the system’s total general funds appropriation to $697.1 million for the coming fiscal year and representing a vital reinvestment in public higher education that would build on last year’s appropriation increases. Statement on the mass shooting at Michigan State University Feb 14, 2023 2:00 pm A statement from Timothy L. Killeen, University of Illinois System President: "It is deeply disturbing to once again find ourselves grieving with friends and colleagues, this time following the mass shooting and loss of life at Michigan State University. We are heartbroken over what is sadly only the latest in a long, tragic series of such events across our country. We offer our unconditional support and deepest condolences... Discovery Partners Institute launches new program for middle school students Feb 2, 2023 1:30 pm The Digital Explorers Program will expand DPI’s efforts to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Chicago. The program will be offered to students in grades six to eight on Saturdays at DPI’s downtown offices across two sessions. Students will develop computer science skills through coding and building a mobile app, while also taking part in team-building activities and solving problems with human-centered design thinking.