Indiana University (IU) and Purdue University have reached a definitive agreement to transform their collaboration. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) vision will now be separate and independent urban campuses will be formed.
The Boards of Trustees from both universities approved the agreement. It marked a significant milestone in the creation of Indiana University Indianapolis and Purdue University in Indianapolis.
Under the agreement, all academic programs at IUPUI will transition to become part of IU Indianapolis in July 2024. Only the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and Computer Science within the School of Science will be the exception. It will become part of Purdue University in Indianapolis.
The move will allow the two esteemed universities to build upon their legacies and meet the evolving needs of Indiana and its capital city for years to come. IU President Pamela Whitten expressed the university’s goal of building one of the nation’s preeminent urban research universities. She says its focus is transforming students, making discoveries, and strengthening communities.
Purdue President Mung Chiang emphasized Purdue’s commitment to investing in and growing the tech-driven economy in central Indiana.
After Signing the Definitive Agreement
IU Indianapolis will undergo significant expansion and renovation of research and laboratory facilities to support STEM faculty growth. The university will also expand the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. It will offer new programs in applied computer science.
Additionally, IU will enhance the integration of science programs with the IU School of Medicine and allied health science schools. It will prepare more students for health science-based careers and address the state’s need for healthcare professionals.
Purdue University in Indianapolis will assume responsibility for engineering, computer science, and technology programs from IUPUI and will confer Purdue West Lafayette degrees. Also, the plan is to introduce programs from other colleges and departments to foster research, internship, and entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty and students.
The separation of IU and Purdue into independent campuses aims to increase the number of job-ready graduates in key disciplines.
It will also support economic growth, and bridge the talent gap in central Indiana. This move will also provide a platform for collaboration between the universities, enhancing funding opportunities for joint research initiatives.
The separate operations of IU Indianapolis and Purdue University in Indianapolis are set to begin in the fall of 2024. Moreover, it will bring a new era of excellence and innovation to the capital city’s higher education landscape.