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Michigan's Universities Are a Big Key to Tech-driven Future

By Michigan State University Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff:

Michigan is particularly blessed to have three top-tier research universities: Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Collectively represented by the University Research Corridor, we lead the nation's top university research clusters in graduates with degrees that are in high demand by the mobility industry, among other vital measures.

This is good, and there is appetite for more. Indeed, two-thirds of the 45,000 digital or engineering mobility jobs needing to be filled by 2028 will be computer related, according to projections cited by MICHauto. "Accelerating our tech-talent future," in fact, is the theme of this week's MICHauto Summit in Detroit. It is a call long sounded by Michigan employers, and MSU is listening.

The university is a key talent asset for the state, annually graduating thousands of students with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills into the workforce. More than six out of ten 2021 MSU graduates took their first career steps in Michigan. Among MSU's engineering graduates — in especially high demand — 58% chose Michigan's innovation ecosystem.

Read the rest of the article in Crain’s Detroit Business.