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Partnerships

Our City. Our Home.

At UD, we know that two minds are better than one — and hundreds are better than two. As an anchor institution, we are deeply engaged in the city of Dayton, partnering with other organizations to spur innovation, drive economic growth and enhance life in our community.


Better Together

There's power in bringing organizations together to dream big, take bold steps and build a thriving community. That's why the University has partnered with hundreds of organizations since our founding in 1850.

UD students, faculty and staff learn extraordinary lessons by collaborating with community partners in a shared quest for equitable, meaningful solutions. Together, we're working to create a brighter tomorrow — for everyone.

Research and Development

On land owned by the University, two Fortune 500 companies – GE Aviation and Emerson – established major research and development centers. These partnerships have led to new ideas, new patents and even new jobs.

Community Building

Another building on campus brings together The Dayton Foundation, the Dayton Development Coalition and UD's Fitz Center to work on issues such as workforce development, pre K-16 educational access and success, socioeconomic determinants of health and reducing structural inequity.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Collaborations extend off-campus, as well. With Premier Health, we're developing onMain: 38-acres of mixed-use development that aims to foster imagination and innovation. The Hub Powered by PNC Bank, a joint venture with The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), enables students, faculty and staff from all disciplines to work alongside local entrepreneurs in the downtown Arcade. And the Greater West Dayton Incubator — developed in partnership with community leaders with support from TEC — aims to be a catalyst for an equitable startup ecosystem.

Education

We're also working with partners to increase access to higher education. The UD Sinclair Academy, a partnership with Sinclair Community College, helps reduce financial barriers to earning a bachelor's degree.

UD's collaboration with Sinclair also generates new academic opportunities. For instance, our joint bachelor of science in nursing program builds on Sinclair's top-rated associate degree in nursing and UD's growing capacity in the health sciences.