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University of Arkansas #69 Among US Public Universities in Technology Transfer for Economic Return

Among US research universities, the University of Arkansas ranks 69th for creating knowledge, delivering it to STEM graduates, and bringing discovery to market.

The rankings are based on a new report from the Bentonville Heartland Forward think tank. Researchers released the 68-page report Thursday (May 12) on the last day of the Heartland Summit in Bentonville.

In the “Research to Renewal, Advancing University Tech Transfer” report, researchers took an in-depth look at the transfer activities of universities across the United States and provided data, insights, and recommendations that will help schools increase their impact on the communities they serve.

Maryann Feldman, Heninger Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, was the lead author.

Heartland Forward measured the success of 166 research universities not just in creating research, but infusing its benefits into the private sector through graduates and technology transfer “to generate economic return on investment.”

The rankings were normalized by each university’s research expenditure “to get a measure of the efficiency of converting inputs into outputs.”

Arkansas’ ranking is just ahead of Kansas State University and just behind Brown University.

“I am delighted to see the excellent work of our STEM researchers and graduates recognized by Heartland Forward,” said John English, AU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, in a press release. “Our employees are our greatest asset, and their perseverance and ingenuity are making a positive difference for our university, our state and our region. »

UA performed particularly well in the categories “Licenses and Options” (23rd in normalized index value) and “Formed Startups” (44th in normalized index value).

“Our ranking in ‘Research to Renewal’ reflects the significant progress being made in technology transfer and commercialization activities at the University of Arkansas,” said AU Vice Chancellor for Economic Development Mike Malone. , in the press release. “Through our talented graduates, technology transfer and commercialized research, support for startups and small businesses, and industry partnerships, the U of A is driving economic growth and prosperity in every corner of the state. .”

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #1 in the Heartland Forward study and the University of Florida ranked second. The highest-ranked research university in the heartland is the University of Minnesota (10th overall, fifth among public universities).

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