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What is the University Research Corridor?

Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is one of the nation’s top academic research clusters and the leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. An alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world.

In 2013, the three URC universities produced $2.12 billion on research and development, granted degrees to more than 32,000 graduates and contributed $16.8 billion to Michigan’s economy. The URC has also cultivated 173 startup companies since 2002.

test tubes 2Among the top eight U.S. academic research clusters to which the URC benchmarks itself each year, the URC ranked second in the Innovation Power Ranking, an index of R&D, talent, and technology transfer metrics. For the second year in a row, the URC has outperformed university innovation clusters in well-known regions such as North Carolina’s Research Triangle, California’s Silicon Valley, and Massachusetts’ Route 128 Corridor.

The alliance makes Michigan attractive to business and talent by training the next generation of highly skilled, in-demand workers, finding solutions through innovative research, and fostering an array of international business and academic partnerships.

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Photo Note: Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson (left), Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon (center), and University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel (right).

About our Universities

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITYMSU Tower
The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world – on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation – and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for more than 150 years. It offers more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges and an affiliated law college. Many of MSU’s programs are nationally ranked.

In addition to its 5,200-acre campus in East Lansing, MSU operates 19,600 acres throughout Michigan for agricultural, animal and forestry research.

Students from all 83 counties in Michigan, all 50 states in the United States and about 130 other countries who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving are attracted to MSU.

Discover more on the MSU websites > >  www.msu.edu / www.msu.edu/about/thisismsu/facts.html

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGANUniversity of Michigan
Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities. The hallmark of the university is the breadth of excellence across its 19 schools and colleges and the exceptional degree of interdisciplinary cooperation among them.

With more than a billion dollars in research expenditures annually, and 100 graduate and professional programs ranked in the top ten in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, U-M is a global leader in science and technology; health, law and public policy; the arts and humanities; and a wide range of other academic disciplines.

More than 61,000 students on three U-M campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint) come from every state and 129 countries. And with more than 540,000 living degree holders, U-M has one of the nation’s largest alumni bodies.

Discover more on the U-M website > > www.umich.edu

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITYWayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized urban public research university, offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges. Its mission is to create knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.

Wayne State’s research expenditures place it among the nation’s top 50 public universities, and with more than 1,000 students, the School of Medicine is the largest single-campus medical school in the country.

Reflecting its campus location in Midtown Detroit and its excellent international reputation, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities. The university’s nearly 28,000 students come from nearly every state and 60 countries to attend classes on the main campus in Midtown Detroit with 100 buildings over 200 acres, and at its six extension centers throughout Southeast Michigan.

Discover more on the WSU website > >  www.wayne.edu