System Initiatives

The University of Illinois System leadership team serves as a catalyst and convener, forging collaborations across its three universities and partnerships with the state’s political, business, civic, and higher education leaders. These relationships create new and bigger opportunities for teaching, learning and research for our universities, our faculty, and our students. We seek to inspire a pursuit for answers, creativity, and excellence on every front, and provide incentives to help attract and retain the very best talent. We are also committed to narrowing gaps in opportunity, revitalizing the economy of urban and rural regions and communities, and improving education — at every level.

Learn more about some of our ambitious initiatives:

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Discovery Partners Institute

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), led by the U of I System, is revving up Illinois' tech community, preparing people for high-demand tech jobs, and building R&D centers of excellence.

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Illinois Innovation Network

The Illinois Innovation Network of public higher education hubs is working with communities across the state to improve the state's economy through an inclusive approach to innovation, research, and education.

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SHIELD Illinois

This University of Illinois System initiative is working to expand the COVID-19 SHIELD target, test, tell strategy across other universities, schools, and other public and private entities across the state of Illinois.

Attracting world-class faculty. Creating infinite potential.

Faculty Recruitment

The U of I System has launched an aggressive $60 million initiative that will add to the ranks of world-class faculty across its three universities. The three-year initiative will attract up to 45 globally renowned faculty, building on the system's standing as a leader in education and innovation.

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Arts & Humanities

A second round of funding will provide $1.54 million to support 10 projects through the Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities, launched in 2019.

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Strategic Enrollment

The U of I System has surpassed its high-aspiration goal to enroll more than 93,600 students across its three universities by 2021, a 15 percent increase over five years.