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.
The URC is an incredible asset for our industry, state, and citizens in terms of the scale of R&D conducted at its universities in critically important areas. Medical and healthcare discoveries with the potential to improve and save lives position Michigan as a top state for innovation in the life, medical and health sciences.
The University Research Corridor showcases Michigan’s world class universities, economic competitiveness, and scientific breakthroughs being made every day in our state. This innovative partnership is creating jobs, fostering relationships with all types of businesses, from our largest corporations to smallest entrepreneurial businesses, and driving innovation in all sectors of our economy.
I think certainly there has been an uptick in entrepreneurship in the state, and I think a lot of that is owed to the URC getting more involved in economic development in the last 10 years.