blog posts U of I System adds new academic, research partners in India Dec 17, 2018 12:00 pm The University of Illinois System signed agreements for new academic and research partnerships with seven of India’s top universities and research agencies during a weeklong visit to India by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of system and university officials. Innovation hub to be developed in downtown Peoria Dec 20, 2018 1:00 pm OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub that will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve wellness of underserved populations, and advance systems related to food, farming, and autonomous mobility systems. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem joins U of I-led research center Jan 23, 2019 4:00 pm The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a globally recognized leader in education and innovation, signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research institute led by the University of Illinois System that will foster broad-based collaboration to solve the world’s greatest challenges. U of I System invests nearly $2 million in arts and humanities Jan 24, 2019 3:45 pm Pop-up galleries, an Illinois writer’s festival, theater renovations and using virtual reality to teach performance are among the projects funded in a new, nearly $2 million initiative by the University of Illinois System aimed at emphasizing the impact and influence of the arts and humanities across Illinois. U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze Jan 30, 2019 10:00 am The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fifth straight year next fall, its longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century, President Tim Killeen announced today. Statement on Pritzker trustee appointments Jan 31, 2019 10:00 am Earlier today, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced five appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. U of I System President Tim Killeen issued a statement regarding these appointments. Edwards elected chairman of U of I Board of Trustees Jan 31, 2019 1:45 pm Donald Edwards, an alumnus who now heads a Chicago-based private equity investment firm that he founded, was elected chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago. U of I System extends in-state tuition freeze Jan 31, 2019 2:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a fifth-straight tuition freeze for in-state freshmen next fall, extending an affordability initiative that is now the longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century. More world-class faculty added under U of I System initiative Feb 4, 2019 10:15 am Seven additional professors have expanded the inaugural class to 14 in the first year of a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build its global standing as a leader in education and innovation. Investing in facilities across the U of I System Feb 13, 2019 9:00 am Over the last five years, we invested $1.2 billion in construction and renovation across the Univesity of Illinois System, even as a budget impasse sharply reduced state funding. Now, we are ramping up our efforts, setting priorities to do even more. Illini Success report documents graduates' post-college experiences Mar 13, 2019 4:30 pm Graduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s undergraduate programs continue to experience exceptional success in securing a “first destination” – defined as a job, enrollment in graduate school or a volunteer position – within six months of graduation, according to the newly released Illini Success report. Campaign fundraising for the U of I System crosses $2 billion mark Mar 14, 2019 9:00 am In October 2017 the University of Illinois System officially launched a comprehensive fundraising initiative with an ambitious $3.1 billion goal. Now, less than a year and a half into the public campaigns, the U of I System has surpassed the $2 billion mark—or 64.8%—in funds raised toward this goal. U of I board approves new deans in Chicago and Springfield Mar 14, 2019 11:45 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved the appointment of new deans at its universities in Chicago and Springfield on Thursday, along with a series of master's degree programs for Chicago’s John Marshall Law School. U of I assessment calls for nearly 450 new tenure-system faculty Mar 14, 2019 2:00 pm Nearly 450 new tenure-system faculty are needed across the University of Illinois System over the next five years to ensure academic quality keeps pace with enrollment that has swelled to record highs for six straight years, a new assessment shows. DPI announces first round of seed funding recipients Mar 27, 2019 10:00 am Helping communities utilize sustainable development strategies, creating a statewide pipeline to train computer science teachers, and integrating people with autism spectrum disorders into the technology and innovation workforce are among the projects funded in the Discovery Partners Institute’s (DPI) first round of seed grants. Tuition rates frozen for new in-state undergraduates across the U of I System Mar 27, 2019 10:15 am We know paying for college can be a challenge. That is why, for the fifth year in a row, we have frozen tuition rates for new in-state undergraduates across the University of Illinois System. These rates are guaranteed for four years at our universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. University of Illinois Day at the Capitol Apr 4, 2019 9:00 am Alumni, students, Illinois Connection advocates, and leaders from across the university system descended on Springfield on April 3, 2019 for University of Illinois Day at the Capitol. The annual event is a chance for legislators to hear from our advocates about the importance of supporting higher education and the University of Illinois System's three universities. Paid gift days announced for 2019 Apr 12, 2019 12:45 pm University of Illinois System leaders have announced that a program providing additional paid days off during December/January holidays has been extended to a fourth straight year. College of Engineering to be named in recognition of Grainger support Apr 16, 2019 1:45 pm The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering will become The Grainger College of Engineering, recognizing a new $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support, after consultation with the Chancellor’s Joint Advisory Committee on Investment, Licensing, and Naming Rights and pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. 2019 report highlights initiatives from across the U of I System Apr 17, 2019 9:45 am Impact Illinois 2019, the annual report from the University of Illinois System, highlights recent initiatives of the system, our three best-in-class universities, and our leading hospital and health sciences system. UIC and Deerfield Management Launch West Loop Innovations, LLC Apr 23, 2019 11:00 am The University of Illinois at Chicago and Deerfield Management announced today the establishment of West Loop Innovations, LLC. The company will help accelerate the commercialization of therapeutics developed at UIC. Deerfield will provide up to $65 million in translational research funding and commercialization expertise to advance promising UIC discoveries. DPI names inaugural director of academic affairs May 3, 2019 10:00 am Phyllis Baker, whose nearly 30-year career in higher education includes experience in classrooms, research and high-level administration, has been named to lead academic activities for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a pioneering new research institute led by the University of Illinois System. President Tim Killeen calls on lawmakers to invest in higher education May 13, 2019 9:15 am U of I System President Tim Killeen calls on lawmakers to provide capital funding for repairs, renovation and construction at all public universities throughout Illinois. Illinois Innovation Network adds 9 new hubs May 15, 2019 8:45 am The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced the addition of nine new members today. IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities and spans the entire state. U of I System expects degrees will top 22,000 for second straight year May 16, 2019 12:00 pm The University of Illinois System expects to award more than 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees for the second straight year, and continued enrollment growth could push degrees over 25,000 by 2026, President Tim Killeen announced today. Illinois public universities unite to advocate for increased funding May 23, 2019 11:00 am The University of Illinois System has joined with all of the state’s public universities in a united effort to advocate for robust funding to Illinois higher education. The universities launched a statewide advocacy campaign today that includes a call-to-action for alumni and appearances from university presidents around the state to build grassroots community and legislative support for higher education. Legislature approves budget with nearly 5% increase for U of I System Jun 1, 2019 12:30 pm The following message was sent to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding the budget for fiscal year 2020 approved by the Illinois General Assembly. U of I at Urbana-Champaign honored for fundraising excellence Jun 13, 2019 10:30 am The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named a recipient of the 2019 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 2019-20 Salary Program Jun 19, 2019 11:00 am Today President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff to take effect August 16. New budget? 'It's definitely good news for colleges and universities.' Jun 19, 2019 1:15 pm Tim Killeen, president of the U of I System, spoke with the Chicago Tribune about what the increase in state funding means for public higher education. U of I System and Illinois Tech announce new research partnership Jul 10, 2019 1:00 pm Illinois Institute of Technology signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will spark breakthrough discoveries, fueling economic growth of the state of Illinois and city of Chicago while nurturing and retaining next-generation talent. UIC opens new state-of-the-art living and learning community Jul 22, 2019 10:00 am When students arrive on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus next month, nearly 550 will move into its newest building, the Academic and Residential Complex, where they will have the opportunity to take classes in new spaces that foster learning through technology and collaborative design. UIC opens new Engineering Innovation Building Jul 22, 2019 11:15 am The University of Illinois at Chicago’s new 57,500-square-foot Engineering Innovation Building will add depth and breadth to the university’s expanding engineering footprint. The building will house engineers investigating phenomena on a scale from the very large — bridge and highway components — to the exceedingly small, such as nanoscale components that will drive the next generation of thermal batteries. Board backs Discovery Partners Institute Jul 25, 2019 12:15 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today gave its unanimous support to the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the groundbreaking new research and education enterprise led by the University of Illinois System. DPI will boost the state’s economy by addressing real-world challenges, promoting entrepreneurship, growing next-generation businesses and delivering top talent to Chicago. NCSA helps NGA create the world's most powerful geospatial system Aug 2, 2019 3:00 pm The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced a new collaboration between the Blue Waters Project, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University to produce digital elevation models (DEM) of the entire Earth, among other geospatial research projects. U of I System to host diverse business fair Aug 12, 2019 10:00 am The University of Illinois System will host the second annual Diverse Business Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the iHotel Conference Center in Champaign. U of I System launches staff 'Know Your U' program Aug 13, 2019 1:30 pm We are delighted to announce a unique new educational program that is being launched this fall for our nearly 20,000 academic professional and civil service employees. Welcoming students from around the globe Aug 22, 2019 10:00 am The University of Illinois System’s three universities are proud to welcome our international students with open arms. We offer hearty greetings and a most sincere Welcome to One and All! President Killeen welcomes students to 2019-20 academic year Aug 27, 2019 10:30 am The following massmail was delivered to students at our three universities. Dear students: It is a pleasure to welcome you to the start of the University of Illinois System's 2019-20 academic year! Argonne joins new research center led by U of I System Aug 28, 2019 12:00 pm The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a global leader in scientific discovery and America’s first national laboratory, signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System to accelerate the groundbreaking innovation that drives progress and economic growth. UI Ride: shuttle service launching soon Sep 6, 2019 11:00 am We are delighted to announce the upcoming launch of UI Ride, a new University of Illinois System shuttle service that will make its inaugural run on October 31. Enrollment grows to nearly 89,000 students Sep 12, 2019 10:15 am Enrollment this fall across the University of Illinois System grew to a record high for the seventh straight year, increasing 3.8 percent to nearly 89,000 students, President Tim Killeen announced today. U of I board approves nearly $7 billion 2020 budget Sep 19, 2019 11:15 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a nearly $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, drawing on a 5.2 percent increase in operating revenue to focus on key priorities such as financial support for students, strengthening the faculty and fostering economic development. UI Ride kickoff events Sep 23, 2019 2:15 pm Help us celebrate the upcoming launch of UI Ride, a new University of Illinois System shuttle service, on October 3 in Urbana and October 4 in Chicago. Beginning at 9 a.m. at each location, we will have the honor of unveiling one of the new 18-seat buses that offers features such as onboard Wi-Fi and workstations while providing a convenient option for those who travel between the universities. Natalie Kerr wins first Falling Walls Lab Illinois Sep 27, 2019 5:00 pm Natalie Kerr, a senior majoring in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), won the first Falling Walls Lab Illinois competition to earn the title of Illinois Young Innovator of the Year. Sanders accepts deanship at Carnegie Mellon Sep 30, 2019 10:00 am The interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), Bill Sanders, announced today that he will leave the University of Illinois System to accept the appointment as dean of the college of engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, effective Jan. 1, and U of I System President Tim Killeen said he expects a seamless transition to a new DPI leader over the next three months. $100 million center to drive smart, reconfigurable technologies Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) are partnering on a new $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments (C-NICE). Illinois Innovation Network installs inaugural officers Oct 4, 2019 3:30 pm The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) installed its inaugural slate of officers, approved bylaws and created four working committees to address key statewide priorities during a Sept. 26 meeting of the IIN Council at Governors State University. U of I System campaign progress soars to 75.7 percent toward goal Oct 11, 2019 12:00 pm The University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation announced today an impressive fundraising report for fiscal year 2019 with $462.9 million in new business, comprised of new gifts, grants, pledges, and deferred commitments. Leaders celebrate Peoria Innovation Hub development Nov 5, 2019 10:15 am Governor J.B. Pritzker today joined leaders from around Greater Peoria to celebrate the Peoria Innovation Hub, a world-class innovation facility coming to downtown Peoria. The Peoria Innovation Hub, funded through a $10 million grant that is part of the larger Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), will be located at the Thomas Building, a 50,000 square foot facility that was recently vacated by Illinois Central College.