UT is committed to drive the innovation economy

Tennessee is poised to become the next great center of American innovation.

Home to one of the nation’s leading research labs, several top research universities, a growing workforce and a stunning landscape, the Volunteer State is poised to drive world-changing innovation.

At the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, we are ready to help guide economic change that will bring high-paying jobs and create opportunities for both individuals and communities.

A Volkswagen is parked in front of a ceremony announcing a research partnership between the University of Tennessee and Volkswagen at Cherokee Farms in Knoxville on Jan.  17, 2020. UT, Volkswagen and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work together to research light vehicles.  components and develop electric vehicles.

We are proud to be a founding member of the Tennessee Business Forum, which brings together leaders from many industries and government agencies and policymakers, bringing collaboration and focus to our goals.

UT is committed to this support and investment in the forces that drive our new economy: people, relationships and places.

Talent drives the economy

Don Plowman

Innovation is made possible by the creativity and ingenuity of people at all levels. From high school graduates with on-the-job training to college graduates with advanced degrees, companies need skilled workers that meet their needs.

At UT, our growing enrollment helps build that workforce. We are simplifying our curriculum and creating new degree programs that allow students to learn the skills necessary to thrive in the new economy.

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