UM System president touts business partnerships at Columbia REDI meeting

The University of Missouri will begin emphasizing the development of research programs and facilities to create partnerships with businesses, a move that will benefit the local economy, students and the school, UM System President Mun Choi told the board of directors at Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc. on Wednesday.

Choi gave a presentation addressing MU’s economic development plans to the board at its regular meeting Wednesday. He described his vision for the future of the UM System after budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year.

Choi focused on ideas for developing a partnership with the city and working with community and industry leaders to cultivate the economy while developing a skilled workforce.

Choi said MU needs to invest more in its engineering, medicine and science programs.

One of them is the Translational Precision Medical Complex, which will be a $200 million facility. Choi said it will bring faculty researchers in engineering, medical, nursing and veterinary medicine fields together to solve interdisciplinary problems including bioinformatics and the development of new medical equipment.

Choi also mentioned a $30 million greenhouse that will be built for the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, which Choi called “perhaps our most innovative group of faculty at the university.”

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