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Monday, January 12, 2015

New Jersey Institute of Technology: The future of STEM education

NEWARK — It is projected that New Jersey will need to fill 269,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018. That is why New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is building tomorrow's university today by transforming its Central King Building into a state-of-the-art STEM teaching and learning hub.

NJIT is a specialized and highly focused research university and its focus is in the STEM disciplines science, technology, engineering and mathematics – as well as architecture and design. Moreover, this multi-disciplinary curriculum is founded on a computing-intensive approach to education providing its more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students with the needed technology proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills to be successful in their chosen careers.

Founded in 1881 as Newark Technical School, NJIT historically provided more than a quarter of New Jersey's engineers. Today, NJIT offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 126 programs expanding to six colleges: Newark College of Engineering; College of Architecture and Design; College of Science and Liberal Arts; School of Management; College of Computing Sciences; and Albert Dorman Honors College.

With a student to faculty ratio of 18-to-1, NJIT combines the intimacy of a small campus with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT ranks nationally in the top 1 percent of all public colleges for return on investment. Moreover, it stands eighth overall among public universities for alumni earning potential. U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2015 Edition names NJIT as a "top national university."

NJIT established its national prominence by developing relevant academic programs taught by leading practitioners in their fields. Through its Career Development Services, students are offered of industry internships and co-op programs that provide them an entry into the workforce. NJIT students graduate with the skills and knowledge that employers seek and expect.

NJIT offers corporate training, certificate programs and graduate degrees to working professionals and those who want to change careers through its Continuing Professional Education (CPE) division. Courses are delivered onsite for corporate partners, online or in the classroom. U.S. News & World Report ranks NJIT's online computing sciences graduate degrees 23rd nationally.

NJIT is committed to research that spans every academic unit and brings together faculty from across disciplines to address problems critical to New Jersey and the nation. University research expenditures have risen to more than $110 million in 2014, ranking NJIT fifth among all U.S. polytechnic institutions. In addition to learning from faculty, students have the opportunity to work with faculty on their research and in the laboratory.

NJIT is located in the University Heights district of downtown Newark, just 20 minutes by rail to Manhattan. NJIT continues to take a leadership role in the development of Newark as one of New Jersey's "priority growth investment areas."

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