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22 Chicago Universities Form ‘America’s Urban Campus’ NLU signs on to the effort, to brand Chicago as a premier college town

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Presidents of 21 Chicago universities were present at the Jan. 11 signing of the America’s Urban Campus partnership agreement. NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., is second from right in the second row.

On Jan. 11, National Louis University joined with 21 other Chicago universities in America’s Urban Campus, a partnership designed to highlight and advance Chicago’s pre-eminence in the higher education arena.

The Chicago Community Trust coordinated the partnership among the schools, and said it will work with Choose Chicago and World Business Chicago to brand the city as a global destination for higher education.

The partnership also expects to work on issues such as economic development, civic programming, student engagement and infrastructure. Coordinating a student day of service may also be a goal.

The Chicago Community Trust funded a detailed research study which found that metropolitan Chicago’s universities “educate 216,000 students, generate $10.8 billion in local economic activity, and support 43,000 jobs,” according to the Trust.

For more information, see the Chicago Community Trust website article.

2 comments on “22 Chicago Universities Form ‘America’s Urban Campus’ NLU signs on to the effort, to brand Chicago as a premier college town

  1. Great to know that Chicago is positioning itself as a top destination for education! I support the Chicago Community Trust’s initiative wholeheartedly.

  2. Wow! This would certainly invite more people to join the said partnership agreement here in Chicago. Education has always been a big deal and I’m really excited as to how this will turn up. The more educated people there are the faster and better the progress! Especially since they’re aiming to target issues such as economic development, civic programming, student engagement and infrastructure. Of course, we should not just settle with the reputation of being the center of commerce and transportation. Aside from being well-known for our world-class public museums and infrastructures, it would also be great to offer a means to realize the potential of our institutions. Seeing the enthusiasm of the institutional leaders is contagious. I hope that this will really make radical changes to our campuses and that everyone will be able to start implementing projects to realize this vision. And more importantly, students will flock to these institutions and eventually will be a good source for the contribution of Chicago’s Economic, Social and Cultural strength.

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