Kansas University is working to reach into the Kansas City metro area for collaborative research, business partnerships and new educational programs, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said in July.
During a speech July 16 to members of the Lawrence Technology Assn., Hemenway outlined a series of plans and programs intended to help bring Lawrence and Kansas City, Mo., closer together:
KU wants to create certificate programs in the metro area, to allow workers at companies such as Sprint to get training in emerging technologies.
KU wants to play a pivotal role in an emerging life-sciences initiative in Kansas City, Mo., where the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is working on a wide range of medical research issues. Three former Oread Inc. buildings in Lawrence, recently acquired by KU, likely will be renamed the KU Life Sciences Research Laboratories, in part to reflect KU's commitment to the effort.
And, as always, KU will continue to give students the skills and knowledge they need to help businesses in the region succeed, from telecommunications to medicine.
"The reality is Lawrence is Kansas City and Kansas City is Lawrence," said Hemenway.