Clemson University was selected as a finalist in the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' third annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards.
Six finalists are vying for four awards that recognize the various components of economic engagement.
The winners will be announced Nov. 17 at the APLU’s annual meeting.
The IEP University Awards recognize achievements in talent (exemplary initiatives in education and workforce development); innovation (outstanding work in technology transfer, entrepreneurship and business development); and place (excellence in community, social and cultural development work). Connections awards will be given to the university deemed to have done the best job combining all three elements.
Clemson is a finalist in the talent category and is also in the running for the connections award.
“Public research universities have a core responsibility to take their wide array of expertise and put it to work in their region by helping to grow businesses, strengthen the economy and advance society,” APLU President Peter McPherson said. “The six institutions that are finalists for the 2015 APLU Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards have all demonstrated a clear commitment to economic engagement and have followed through by delivering results."
Clemson has been successful in aligning university resources and talents with the private sector to drive economic opportunities.
“Clemson is proud to be nationally recognized as a leader in talent development by APLU; it is a testament to the quality and value of a Clemson education,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements, who is also chairman of the board of directors for the APLU. “As part of our land-grant mission, we are committed to meeting the state’s and region’s workforce needs, developing talent among learners of all ages and preparing our students for success after graduation.”
Clemson University is ranked No. 25 among national public universities by U.S. News & World Report. It is a public coed land grant, science and engineering-oriented research university with approximately 17,500 students in Clemson, South Carolina.
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