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  • U of I System invests nearly $2 million in arts and humanities

    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.

  • More world-class faculty added under U of I System initiative

    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.

  • DPI announces first round of seed funding recipients

    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.

  • Illinois Innovation Network adds 9 new hubs

    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.

  • NIU joins U of I System-led Illinois Innovation Network

    A world-class research center targeting food systems, water resources and environmental change is planned at Northern Illinois University as part of a new statewide innovation network led by the University of Illinois System.

  • U of I System adds new academic, research partners in India

    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.

  • U of I System extends in-state tuition freeze

    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.

  • U of I System impact: $17.5 billion annually on Illinois economy

    The University of Illinois System pumps $17.5 billion into the Illinois economy annually and supports 171,000 jobs – one in every 46 jobs across the state, according to a new economic impact study released today.

  • U of I System and Illinois Tech announce new research partnership

    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.

  • Innovation hub to be developed in downtown Peoria

    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.

  • Board backs Discovery Partners Institute

    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.

  • U of I System expects degrees will top 22,000 for second straight year

    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.

  • Investing in facilities across the U of I System

    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. 

  • UI Ride: shuttle service launching soon

    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.

  • Legislature approves budget with nearly 5% increase for U of I System

    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.

  • Enrollment grows to nearly 89,000 students

    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.

  • Argonne joins new research center led by U of I System

    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 kickoff events

    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.

  • U of I System enrollment grows to nearly 85,600

    Total enrollment increased to nearly 85,600 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, up 2.7 percent and rising to a record high for the sixth straight year, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • DPI names inaugural director of academic affairs

    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.

  • Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), the pillars of a new statewide innovation enterprise led by the University of Illinois System, will magnify the time-tested formula for job creation and economic growth to a massive, unprecedented scale. 

  • U of I board approves new deans in Chicago and Springfield

    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.

  • Tel Aviv University joins new U of I-led research center

    Tel Aviv University (TAU) officially signed on Friday as the first international partner in a pioneering new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will foster innovation to address real-world challenges and drive social and economic growth.

  • 2019-20 Salary Program

    Today President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff to take effect August 16.

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem joins U of I-led research center

    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 to host diverse business fair

    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, EIU and SIU partner to recruit southern Illinois students

    About 170 high-achieving high school and community college students from across southern Illinois attended an event today hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college.

  • U of I board approves nearly $7 billion 2020 budget

    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.

  • U of I System honors hundreds of top high school seniors

    The University of Illinois System honored hundreds of high-achieving high school seniors today during an annual event that promotes opportunities for Illinois students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups and geographic regions across the state.

  • Edwards elected chairman of U of I Board of Trustees

    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 trustees approve juris doctor degree at UIC

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Friday established a juris doctor degree for the new John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which will offer the city of Chicago’s first and only law degree at a public university when it welcomes its first class next fall.

  • Three faculty named Presidential Fellows

    Today U of I System President Tim Killeen named three faculty members to serve as Presidential Fellows. They will share their talents on a part-time basis over the next year to help build on progress in developing the Discovery Partners Institute.

  • Barack Obama receives award, speaks to students

    On Sept. 7, former President Barack Obama was honored by the University of Illinois System with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. During his visit, Obama also spoke to students at Foellinger Auditorium. 

  • University of Illinois Day at the Capitol

    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.

  • Holiday Greetings

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen deliver best wishes for the holidays to faculty, students, staff, and friends.

  • Trustees approve $6.8 billion budget

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $6.8 billion budget for fiscal 2019 with nearly $300 million in projected new revenue that will help fund key educational and research priorities such as faculty, facilities and student financial aid.

  • Illinois public universities unite to advocate for increased funding

    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.

  • U of I System sets innovation network priorities at UIC

    New research facilities to build on breakthroughs in therapeutic drugs and computer technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago are among top priorities in start-up plans for a new statewide innovation network that the U of I System is developing to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today.

  • U of I System seeks state funding increase

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding next year to continue building on educational and affordability initiatives that have helped push enrollment across the three-university system to all-time highs.

  • Sanders accepts deanship at Carnegie Mellon

    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.

  • Statement on Pritzker trustee appointments

    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. 

  • U of I System sets innovation network priorities in Urbana

    Building a world-class center devoted to the fast-growing field of data science and expanding an award-winning Research Park are top priorities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the U of I System develops a new statewide innovation network to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today.

  • U of I, NIU, WIU and Governors State partner on recruiting effort

    About 175 high-achieving high school and community college students from across northwestern Illinois attended an event today hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college.

  • Illinois Innovation Network installs inaugural officers

    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. 

  • Welcoming students from around the globe

    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!

  • U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze

    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.

  • U of I System launches staff 'Know Your U' program

    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.

  • UIC and Deerfield Management Launch West Loop Innovations, LLC

    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.

  • First faculty hires from the President’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program announced

    The first seven professors have been hired under a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build on its global standing as a leader in education and innovation, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

  • Natalie Kerr wins first Falling Walls Lab Illinois

    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.