A $20 million economic competitiveness initiative is part of a University of Nebraska budget proposal, driven by continued economic development.
Interim President Dr. James Linder notes that the university is taking a long term view of future budgets and where the university can excel to meet those needs.
“They are all large complex programs–Innovation Campus, Peter Kiewit, and other long term programs,” according to Dr. Linder. “It’s not as if we’re going to invest a dollar today and see a return on it tomorrow.”
“These are programs which will benefit the state over the next decade.”
Dr. Linder notes that the university must continue to conduct cutting edge research and be at the forefront of new developments.
“We live in a dynamic world and we constantly face competition from both other states and globally,” Linder says. “Activities like the Nebraska Innovation Campus, Peter Kiewit Institute, and Rural Futures Initiative help us compete on a global scale.”
Areas of proposed investment include supporting the relocation of UNL’s Department of Food Science and Technology to Innovation Campus. The NU budget proposal will next be taken to the Board of Regents before going to the governor and legislature for passage.