Kansas City is quickly becoming known as one of the leading "Smart Cities" in America, and University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) is educating the innovative talent needed to move the city into the future.
Located in Missouri's second largest city, UMKC was founded in 1929, and is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. The 93-acre urban campus is home to more than 11,000 undergraduate students from all 50 U.S. states, and more than 85 countries. This diversity, along with its urban setting, gives the campus a modern and energetic feel.
At UMKC, students can choose from more than 120 academic programs and majors, including degrees from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the schools of medicine, computing, engineering and education. While outside the classroom, UMKC students can explore more than 175 clubs and 15 Greek-letter organizations.
"UMKC, with its top rated programs in the arts and theatre, its various schools in the medical disciplines, biological sciences, engineering, management, and education, has all the elements that are needed to make a great university," said UMKC Chancellor-Designate C. Mauli Agrawal.
As an urban university focused on research and community service, UMKC is rich in relationships — from local businesses to alumni and friends throughout the region. In fact, more than 3,200 local business clients benefit from UMKC's outreach programs each year.
"Public universities were created with the goal of bringing enhanced prosperity to their region," said Agrawal. "They do this by being knowledge enterprises – they both disseminate knowledge and create new knowledge. I believe they have an unwritten but binding social contract with their communities to be instrumental and perhaps even partly accountable for the economic development of the region and the social, cultural and health well being of the city and the region."
UMKC is a member stakeholder in the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, and a partner institution in Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. These affiliations, and others, support UMKC's life sciences research efforts by providing a collaboration network and resources to support and conduct world-class life and health sciences research.