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National research universities play a critical role in advancing our health, security and quality of life by developing comprehensive, interdisciplinary solutions to global problems, and by stimulating jobs and economic development. Strategically located inside the Capital Beltway, the University of Maryland has extensive collaborations with federal agencies and private corporations that position our University as a national leader on the great societal issues of our time, including global climate change, big data, bioengineering, language and linguistic research, and cybersecurity. We can truly be considered the nation’s research university.

Transformational investment in UMD

Dear University of Maryland community,

I am pleased to announce an historic investment to build the future of the state's flagship university and contribute to the future of the State of Maryland.

It will transform access to, and the affordability of, a UMD education. These are core values of our land-grant heritage, and we must invest in our students for they are the future leaders of our society. It will endow faculty chairs and build state-of-the-art facilities to strengthen the excellence of our education, research, and innovation.

Welcome: Progress in Fraught Times

Main Administration Building

Welcome to our new students, faculty, and staff! And to those returning, welcome back!

New VP for Research (VPR)

Dear University of Maryland community:

I am pleased to inform you that Laurie E. Locascio will be our new VPR. For the past 30 years, she has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, rising from a research biomedical engineer to senior leadership positions.

March for Science

On Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, the March for Science will bring researchers and educators from all over the country to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

2017 Report to the General Assembly

With strong continuing support from the General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan, our flagship university is turning knowledge into jobs. Our researchers invent the future. Our talented faculty educates a top workforce. Our dynamism attracts new business and investment. Our expertise helps businesses launch and thrive. All this creates economic and social wealth.

Pat O'Shea — new president of University College Cork

Today, University College Cork—National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) named Patrick O’Shea, our VP for Research, as its 15th President.

Update on UMD & Greater College Park

Dear University of Maryland community,

Our campus and the surrounding municipalities are undergoing transformation. This area is now one of the most dynamic in the State for economic, real estate, and community development, catalyzed by the flagship institution’s education, research, and innovation.

National Academy of Sciences

Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences elected its newest class of members, including University of Maryland physics professor Christopher Monroe. This is one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. He joins only 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected in 2016.

A clarion call to action

The American public research university is a monument to American civilization. It leads the world in excellence in education, research, and innovation, and in affordable access.

However, over the last 20 years, and especially since the Great Recession, there has been a gradual but steady public disinvestment in the public research university. The trend is national, structural, and—to date—inexorable. UMD has fared better than most of its peers in terms of state support, but we not immune from the larger economic, societal, and political pressures.

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