Guiding Principles: Partnership

UD’s partnerships extend from the local to the global, and their number and impact are growing. Our partnership with the City of Newark has been strengthened by the University’s Capacity Plan, which acknowledges the pressing need to constrain growth and preserve city neighborhoods. Collaborations with area non-profits are enriching the local community, and partnerships with state agencies and businesses are extending and leveraging the impact of our research, service and educational activities. We have established significant new partnerships with federal agencies and national laboratories in advanced materials and energy; with international universities in material culture studies, coastal research and management, business and economics; and with commercial enterprises in sustainable products and technology transfer.

The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance—a partnership among UD, Christiana Health Care System, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children/Nemours and Thomas Jefferson University—was formed to improve Delawareans’ health and health services by promoting collaborative health sciences education and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research. Additionally, our Partnership in Healthcare Education with Thomas Jefferson University provides UD’s health sciences students significant education, research and patient care opportunities.

Through the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, the Institute for Global Studies and a strong portfolio of college and institute/center initiatives, we aim to strengthen the visibility and impact of our knowledge-based partnerships. For instance, a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement has initiated new research partnerships with the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). Several statements of work are now signed or in development, creating substantial opportunities not just for joint science and engineering research, but for the delivery of science, engineering, administrative and business education programming to military and civilian personnel stationed at APG, and the increased placement of our students in civilian employment.

Across the University, cooperative agreements with private-sector companies are increasing collaborative R&D, professional education and student internships and employment.