UConn, State Officials Announce Launch of ‘Next Generation Connecticut’ Initiative

by Stephanie Reitz, UConn Today

gov1The University of Connecticut and the State of Connecticut have unveiled a groundbreaking proposal to propel UConn to the forefront of high-tech research and academics while significantly enhancing the state’s economic development efforts for decades to come.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UConn President Susan Herbst, and other officials gathered Thursday to introduce Next Generation Connecticut (#NextGenCT), a plan to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at UConn. It includes expanding enrollment and faculty, renovating and adding appropriate facilities, and supporting academic missions at the Greater Hartford and Stamford campuses.

The investments would represent one of the most ambitious programs launched at a public research university in recent years, and include the establishment of the first honors program nationwide specifically for high-achieving STEM students. The benefits would be felt throughout the state and region in the form of new jobs, research innovations, and companies.

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