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10 Tech-Focused Universities Leading in Innovation

by | Nov 19, 2020

When it comes to leaders in innovation, you might not immediately think about higher education institutions, but this list of ten universities are on the cutting edge of technology. By using new-age tools and software, students can easily connect with one another, communicate with their professors, and access the information they need to do their best work. Keep reading to discover how these universities are leading the way. 

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university that provides a technologically focused education to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Its College of Computing is leading the way towards what it calls the “new face of computing” by implementing programs aimed at attracting and enrolling more female engineers. The College of Computing currently has 33 female faculty members, researchers, and instructors.

Maryville University

Maryville University offers a comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success. Maryville has begun implementing “digital employees” in the institution to keep up with student demand and ensure a top-notch experience. Maryville University teamed up with Capacity to make its vision a reality by automating incoming inquiries, the staffs’ processes, and students’ decisions. Chat with the SaintStrong bot on Maryville’s FAQs page.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. Its approach to the pandemic was also fueled by technological advancements. To help students navigate the pandemic, a team led by an MIT Media Lab Associate Professor, Ramesh Raskar, is designing and developing Safe Paths. This is an open-source, privacy-first set of digital tools and platforms to stop the spread of Covid-19.  

Montana State University

Montana State University (MSU) is equipped with incubators to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, and grants students access to state of the art facilities and mentorship. The MSU TechLink Center is highly integrated with MSU’s modern land-grant mission and economic development outreach. In addition to its technology transfer activities for the Department of Defense, TechLink manages MSU’s Technology Transfer Office, promotes Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and actively engages with other MSU entities to advance the state’s innovation economy.

Purdue University

Purdue University has put together a catalog of instructional technology to help students succeed in the classroom. The app, Hotseat, enables students to post questions and comments using whatever technology they have available. This gives everyone a chance to actively engage in classroom activities.

The University of Texas at Austin 

The University of Texas at Austin is a leading university with top national programs across 18 colleges and schools. And as Texas’ leading research university, UT attracts more than $650 million annually for discovery. The college supports the city to host the annual South by Southwest Interactive festival, where panel discussions on innovative strategies draw thousands of students. For SXSW 2021, the festival will be a virtual event. 

University of Michigan

University of Michigan’s hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, Innovate Blue, helps turn ideas into action by supporting, connecting, and expanding the Michigan entrepreneurial network and community. With more than 15 programs and centers in entrepreneurship and more than 30 entrepreneurial student organizations, the University of Michigan’s programs deliver one of the best and broadest engaged learning experiences on entrepreneurship.

Utah State University

Utah State University is a research-driven institution known throughout the world for its intellectual and technological leadership. The Merrill-Cazier Library has technology that adds to the overall academic experience at the university, which allows students to easily get more work done, faster. In the Smart Classrooms at the university, students don’t bring notebooks or laptops to class because it has technology that enables students to work more efficiently.

Wake Forest University 

Wake Forest University has created many apps to keep students, faculty, and parents updated on what’s happening on campus. The newest app, WakeNetwork Beta, is the only mobile-friendly‚ digital platform specifically designed by Wake Forest students. It was created to help current students and alumni stay connected and build new relationships. 

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University has taken on the task of integrating types of innovation into academics, research, and administration. As an academic and research-driven community, it offers technology capabilities that include a high-speed campus network with wireless access, innovative learning and teaching spaces, digital media capabilities for instruction, and high-performance computing for research and self-service administrative systems. With so many tools available, it’s no surprise that so many innovators and entrepreneurs have graduated from the university, including our CEO, David Karandish.

Capacity enables higher education institutions to deliver high-quality services at a lower cost while improving student outcomes by automating student onboarding, virtual teaching, general student support, common processes, and faculty support.