DETROIT—Wayne State University is one of 14 institutions in the country to be designated as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University from its peers in the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.
“Public universities serve as economic engines for their local communities and states by conducting cutting edge research to reach new breakthroughs, and by developing the talent to help existing businesses grow stronger and enabling new ones to develop and thrive,” says Peter McPherson, APLU president . “The 14 institutions receiving the 2014 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University designation serve as models. They demonstrate how public research universities extend beyond their campuses to engage their communities in economic development that creates jobs and improves lives.”
WSU received this new distinction based on its support of innovation and influence on economic prosperity in Detroit and throughout Michigan.