State funding support for world-class public universities, like Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia has been reduced as low as zero to 20%. The top tier public universities learned many years ago it was necessary for them to become research universities, which are profit centers, to fund their operations. UNLV and UNR are far behind on the curve in becoming self-sustaining. Both must develop as world renowned research universities to earn income to survive and succeed.
Today Jim discusses the many attributes and plans of UNR and UNLV to make both universities competitive with the other world-class U.S. public universities.
A focused commitment to move innovation into the marketplace is exemplified by UNR’s efforts to advance and commercialize research. Led by the University’s Technology Transfer Office, a resource shared with DRI, patents and research commercialized by UNR are on the rise. UNR has licensed technologies that hold promise for the treatment for muscular dystrophy, allow rapid diagnosis of the leading cause of AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, support geothermal and petroleum exploration, contribute to sensing technology at our nation’s ports and support improved water treatment capabilities.