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MU one of 16 universities recognized as an innovation center

Nov 21, 2013

The University of Missouri has been named to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) list of Economic Prosperity Universities.  MU focused on collaboration in the Mizzou Advantage areas of Food, Media, One Health/One Medicine and Sustainable Energy on the award application.

Story by:  Mizzou Weekly

MU officials have a healthy opinion of the quality of the research, innovation and economic development the university generates.

But it’s still nice to hear someone else say it.

In October, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named MU to its inaugural list of the country’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities. Only 16 universities received the designation.

“We’re all a little biased,” said Steve Wyatt, vice provost for economic development. “We know we do great work, but it is great to be recognized by your peers.”

More than just a pat on the back, however, the recognition raises MU’s stature and helps its researchers and faculty do their jobs, Wyatt said. He also pointed to MU’s membership in the American Association of Universities and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2009 classification of MU as a Community Engagement Campus, meaning that its teaching, learning and scholarship engages faculty, students and the community. 

“As you build on those recognitions, they build the stature of the university,” Wyatt said. “Collaborators and funding agencies look at these designations, and it builds credibility about your abilities.”

Wyatt said the APLU review process required a rigorous self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses.

In its application, MU cited areas of success — licensing products to companies, as in the production method of Beyond Meat’s Chicken-free Strips; developing homegrown companies through faculty collaboration, such as the biotech firm EternoGen; and focused collaboration on strength areas through Mizzou Advantage.  See more…