Within the Austin metro area, the University of Texas at Austin, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward’s University and more than 20 other public and private universities and colleges — with a combined enrollment of nearly 180,000 — provide an ample supply of well-educated workers to area employers. Within 200 miles of Austin, an additional 95 four-year colleges and universities enroll more than 422,000 students, representing one of the world’s strongest talent pools. Impressively, nearly 45% of Austin-area residents age 25 and over hold a bachelor's degree.
Business Spotlight: University of Texas at Austin
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The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a public research university founded in 1883. The institution has one of the nation's largest single-campus enrollments, with more than 50,000 students and 3,000+ faculty. It’s a major center for academic research, with auxiliary facilities that include the J.J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory. UT Austin opened the groundbreaking Dell Medical School in 2016, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall in 2013. With high-tech collaborative laboratories and spaces, the complex marked the beginning of a new era for the university’s top 10-ranked Department of Computer Science. UT Austin also houses seven museums and 17 libraries, including the LBJ Presidential Library and the acclaimed Blanton Museum of Art.
In 1989, Dr. George Kozmetsky partnered with academic, business and community leaders to launch the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) at UT Austin. Since its inception, the ATI has had a dual purpose: to serve the university as an education and research laboratory for entrepreneurship and technology venturing, and to act as a regional catalyst for economic development. For more than 30 years, ATI has been central to assisting university and community-based entrepreneurs with building successful business teams, supporting technology ventures and facilitating access to capital. By mentoring innovators, working with the regional business community to strengthen emerging technology sectors, and graduating high-growth ventures into the local, state and national economy, the ATI has built a reputation as one of the nation’s finest models for tech business incubation.
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