It is a true honor to welcome you to Digital Universities US 2023.
Illinois Tech was born in Chicago more than 130 years ago with the noble mission of educating students from all walks of life to advance technology, innovation and progress for all. Here on our nationally landmarked campus, designed by Modernist luminary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, that commitment to expanding access and opportunity guides us still today. We are #1 in Illinois in the intergenerational economic mobility of our students and lead the state and much of the nation in return on investment. Illinois Tech is singularly focused on job readiness for our students.
Fueled by that founding mission, we are now embarking on an ambitious initiative to create a new type of university for the 21st century, one that reimagines education to ensure that learning is available to all learners, anytime, anywhere; one that advances relevance-inspired discovery; and one that utilizes our knowledge and learning enterprises to be purpose-driven leaders in all our communities.
We know we are not the only institution on this journey. It is our privilege to welcome fellow innovators and thought leaders from around the world who are helping to chart a path to the possibilities we can build together. We look forward to engaging and enlightening discussions and to the opportunity to learn and imagine ways of building the mission-driven digital university of the future.
We are excited to partner with Times Higher Education in widening and enriching the scope of this dialogue, and I look forward to seeing you in Chicago this May.
Raj Echambadi President Illinois Institute of Technology
About Illinois Institute of Technology
Located in the great global city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a top-tier, nationally ranked, private research university with programs in engineering, computer science, architecture, design, science, business, human sciences, and law. As Chicago’s only comprehensive tech-focused university, Illinois Tech offers bachelors of science, masters of science, professional masters and PhDs, as well as certificates in high-demand STEM fields and other areas of innovation. Options include in-person, hybrid, and online courses. Undergraduate students can take part in dual-degree and pre-med/pre-health programs as well as Illinois Tech’s Accelerated Master’s Program, all of which allow them to receive both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years.
Illinois Tech is the only university to offer all students the Elevate program. Elevate guarantees that students participate in hands-on experiences such as internships, research, competitions, study away and career-focused short courses that empower them with the skills that 21st-century employers seek. Elevate also ensures students receive personalized academic and career mentorship from a team of advisers and are uniquely career-ready upon graduation.
Illinois Tech is ranked #1 in Illinois among private colleges for return on investment (after aid, PayScale) and is the #44 ranked best value school in the US (US News & World Report). Illinois Tech graduates achieve a 92.8% employment rate within six months of graduation (2021 class). Its alumni include the inventor of the cell phone, the pioneer of barcode technology, and the head scientist for Amazon Alexa, among other leaders.
Students enjoy studying and living on a historic campus just minutes from downtown Chicago, which offers networking, internship, and career opportunities. Less than a mile from Lake Michigan’s stunning beaches, Illinois Tech’s campus has been acclaimed as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses. Illinois Tech students come from more than 106 countries and all 50 states.