News Brief November 2013

November 2013

A new statewide economic plan from the Business and Industry Association (BIA) concludes that one of the best investments New Hampshire can make for a prosperous future is to develop a highly skilled workforce—one that matches the unique needs of our state's advanced manufacturing and high-tech sectors.

In fact, as New Hampshire's economy faces increasing competition and other challenges, the report highlights the vital role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. I encourage you to read the plan's goals for education and workforce skills, here.

The good news is that UNH is making great strides in building a robust STEM talent pipeline. Last year, for example, we joined our partner institutions in the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire to set a goal of doubling the number of STEM graduates by 2025, which is inspiring new collaborations across the state.

But we must do more, not only to build STEM talent, but to also make higher education more affordable and accessible. Reaching this goal will benefit the entire state, and I look forward to working with all sectors—state government, businesses, communities and K-12 schools—to create a skilled workforce for New Hampshire's future.

Best regards,
Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire

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