Virginia Tech is building transdisciplinary teams to tackle the world’s pressing problems through research, education, and engagement.
Destination Areas combine Virginia Tech’s existing strengths with novel transdisciplinary teams, tools, and processes that empower students and faculty to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. Through these novel approaches to research and education Virginia Tech will become an international destination for talent, partnerships, and transformative knowledge. The significant outcomes generated by these destination areas will enable the university to effectively fulfill its land-grant mission and apply its university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.
Five Destination Areas (DAs) draw upon Virginia Tech’s strengths in fostering world-class scholarship and in cultivating global partnerships.
Strategic Growth Areas (SGAs) have been identified as critical areas for future growth and development. SGAs are similar to Destination Areas in structure but are of smaller scale and aim for regional or national leadership. They may mature into Destination Areas.
Virginia Tech will become an international destination for talent, partnerships, transformative knowledge, and significant outcomes in these areas, enabling it to effectively fulfill its land-grant mission.
Destination Areas will be supported by large-scale partnerships with industry, government, and communities around urgent problems of common interest. They will provide faculty with multifaceted opportunities and diverse communities for developing disciplinary and transdisciplinary activities to address critical global problems.
Destination Areas connect the full span of relevant knowledge necessary for addressing issues comprehensively. Humanistic, scientific, and technological perspectives are addressed in relationship to one another and they are treated as complementary to overcome traditional academic boundaries, such as those that separate science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) fields and liberal arts.
For further information please contact Todd Nicewonger, Project Director for Destination Areas
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