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The University of Illinois System was named by Reuters as one of the top 25 most innovative universities in the world! The ranking compares universities by their success in patenting new technologies as well as commercial and scientific impact. Read more here.



At its regular meeting on Nov. 14, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a budget request that seeks a 12.1 percent increase in state funding for the 2021 fiscal year. The increase would build on educational and affordability initiatives that attracted a record 89,000 students last fall and help drive the state's economy. Read more here.



On Nov. 6, Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined leaders from Peoria and the U of I System to update plans for the new Peoria Innovation Hub. The hub, a part of the Illinois Innovation Network, is a collaboration between the U of I System, OSF Healthcare, Illinois Central College and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. Read more here.



National Taiwan University, the country’s most comprehensive and prestigious university, signed an agreement in October to partner in the growing Discovery Partners Institute, a world-class education and research center led by the U of I System. Read more here.



The U of I System released a second set of Guiding Principles on Nov. 8, spelling out its position on more of the core values that defined its past and will shape its future. Read more here.



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A group of Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are developing technology to produce 3D-printed models of human livers that can be used by medical students for surgical practice. They created a start-up, PhantomCor, to produce the models and hope to make the prototypes available for training next year. Read more about this startup here.





On Oct. 30, state Rep. Carol Ammons and state Sen. Scott Bennett met with a group of students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Science Policy Group. The non-partisan student organization discussed the advancement of science policy topics.



From Nov. 5-7, fellows from the President's Executive Leadership Program (PELP) traveled to Washington, D.C. to gain a better understanding of the broader federal landscape and its importance to the U of I System. PELP was created in 2014 to groom new generations of leaders for the system and its universities. The fellows, joined by President Tim Killeen and Executive Vice President Barb Wilson, had meetings with officials at the White House, the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, and also met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and congressional staff; and heard from association and advocates. They also attended the presentation of Institute if Government and Public Affairs's 2019 Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government to Walter M. Shaub Jr., former director of the Office of Government Ethics. 



On Nov. 8, Illinois Connection hosted U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a UIS alumna, for a U of I System Alumni Legislative Breakfast in the Quad Cities. President Tim Killeen updated the audience about the U of I System, Rep. Bustos shared her federal priorities as they relate to higher education and research, and both took questions from attendees. Northern Illinois University President Lisa Freeman also attended and spoke about NIU's ongoing collaboration with the U of I System. Preceding this event, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce hosted an evening reception on Nov. 7 to welcome the U of I System to town. state Sen. Neil Anderson and state Rep. Michael Halpin attendended the event.




On Nov. 15, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin hosted a press conference at Urbana's Institute of Genomic Biology to discuss the importance of federal investment in research. Chancellor Robert Jones welcomed the senator at the morning event. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Kim Kidwell, Urbana Cancer Center Director Rohit Bhargava, and Grainger College of Engineering Associate Dean of Research Harley Johnson highlighted ag research, biomedical research, and science and technology more broadly. 



On Nov. 12, the Illinois Legislative Internship Program inducted three former participants into the Samuel K. Gove Hall of Fame. The program, operated by the UIS Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies, offers applicants the chance to work in Springfield as full-time legislative staffers for an entire year. Past Hall of Fame inductees include a former governor and several state and federal legislators. Congratulations to this year's honorees: David B. Menchetti, John D. Nicolay, and Kevin Schoeben. 


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