Economic forecast offers opportunity for N.H. businesses and UNH
The state's slow but steady economic recovery offers some promising news for college students: with the right skills, they will be in demand.
By 2018, economists predict that 64 percent of New Hampshire's jobs will require a post-secondary degree. Currently, only 46 percent of New Hampshire adults have a two-year degree or higher.
Already, such economic forecasts are helping New Hampshire businesses and UNH develop new partnerships to better respond to the changing economy.
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UNH Research website offers business connections
Businesses interested in teaming up with UNH researchers can now connect more easily, through the redesigned UNH Research Office website.
A dedicated page, Connections for Business, shows how businesses can engage with researchers, find help in specific research areas, learn about patented UNH technology available for licensing, find workshops and seminars, and take advantage of UNH services and facilities.
Cost-cutting, pay freezes, staff reductions, and reserves help balance UNH FY12 budget
Faculty and staff participation in the voluntary separation program, larger-than-expected savings in the cost of supplies and utilities, no pay increase for non-unionized staff and faculty, and the ability to use up to $9 million in reserves have enabled UNH to be within approved financial parameters for fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011–June 20, 2012), UNH officials reported to the financial affairs committee of the USNH Board of Trustees on December 12.
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UNH launches special education program to address state shortage
To address a critical shortage of special education administrators in the state, UNH has launched New Hampshire's first graduate certificate in special education administration approved by the N.H. Department of Education.
Designed for experienced educators, the graduate certificate program opened for enrollment this month.
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New video shows how UNH research can reduce football injuries
If you're a football player injured on the field, UNH's Erik Swartz has your back. And your neck, and your airway.
Join Swartz, associate professor of athletic training, and undergraduates Caleb Couture and Reanna Cernigliaro in the lab as they conduct research on removing injured players' helmets and shoulder pads to access airways and other vital functions quickly and safely.
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Partnerships keep N.H. strong
As we welcome a new year, you may notice a common theme stands out in this issue of the News Brief: partnerships. There's good reason for that.
One of the priorities of our 10-year strategic plan is to make UNH the state's primary engine for sustainable economic growth. Now, we are working more closely than ever with businesses, communities, and our state's leaders to develop new and deeper relationships that will benefit all of New Hampshire.
In Concord, state economic forecasts recently showed that the fastest-growing sectors will depend on a sharp increase in workers with college experience. On the web, our revamped Research Office site makes it easier than ever to connect with UNH resources to bring technology to market.
Here on campus, a new graduate program in special education administration was developed to answer a statewide shortage. Even on the playing field, we are developing new equipment that will keep athletes safer.
These are just a few examples of how UNH is building partnerships to keep New Hampshire strong.
With best wishes for 2012,
Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire
Did you know?
UNH hospitality management students recently raised more than $4,000 for a scholarship that honors the co-founder of the Pease Greeters, a volunteer organization that welcomes troops passing through Pease International Airport. Read more
UNH scientists are among the nation's best in scientific research, according to a recent report from Thomson Reuters Corporation that ranks high-impact U.S. universities. Read more
Three UNH political science students have been awarded merit-based aid to attend The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C., this spring. Read more
If you missed UNH President Mark W. Huddleston on New Hampshire Public Radio’s call-in show, “The Exchange,” you can listen to the archived show.