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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT President Altenkirch To Report on State Research Universitiesí Construction Plans and More

WHAT: Report on State Research Universities’ Construction Plans and More

WHO: NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch will report on the upcoming construction plans and needs of New Jersey’s public research universities.  Altenkirch, representing New Jersey’s three public research universities, will stress the important role these institutions play in supporting New Jersey’s ongoing economic development.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 9:00 a.m. – Registration is at 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Lafayette Yard Marriott Conference Center, Trenton, NJ 

New Jersey leaders in business, government and education know that the global economy is becoming knowledge-driven at an increasingly furious pace, said Altenkirch. The state’s three public research institutions—NJIT, Rutgers, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry—have responded to this truth in a direct and practical sense. “An education at these preeminent institutions gives students the knowledge and skills essential in the fields that will fuel the global economic engine for decades ahead.  The universities drive scientific and technological innovation which in turn are a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.

For further information, call Alliance for Action President Philip Beacham, 732-225-1180.

The Alliance, founded in 1975, is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 600 business, labor, professional, academic and government groups.  It advocates investment in infrastructure to benefit the state’s economy, environment and quality of life.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.