University of Tennessee earns prestigious designation for creating economic growth

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The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has earned a prestigious designation for its role in creating community engagement, economic growth and workforce development in Tennessee and beyond.

UT is one of only three universities designated this year as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Among the accomplishments that helped UT achieve the designation are:

  • UT Extension offices that provide resources and educational opportunities in every Tennessee county;
  • More than 80 research centers and institutes throughout the university;
  • Partnerships like the one with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Volkswagen that created Volkswagen’s first “innovation hub” in North America;
  • UT programs dedicated to addressing workforce needs of the future.

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