I welcome you to Cleveland State University as we celebrate 50 years of educational excellence.
Since I became President in 2009, I have been dedicated to the continual growth and evolution of the University. During the last five years, Cleveland State has had a transformational effect on our city, our region, our state, and-most important-the lives of thousands of students.
The city of Cleveland serves as an extension of our campus and a diverse learning laboratory. Our University's goal, through Engaged Learning, is to create greater synergy between what our students learn in the classroom and on the job primarily through internship and co-op experiences.
With Cleveland among the most advanced medical regions in the world, the University has significantly expanded collaborative research, teaching, and training programs with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. We created the Partnership for Urban Health with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to train our future primary-care doctors in the urban communities they will serve. In June 2015, the construction of our new state-of-the-art health sciences building will complete. This facility will foster a new model for medical education, housing our NEOMED partnership and health-sciences departments and promoting stronger interdisciplinary collaboration.
We are fortunate to have a world-class faculty of scholars who are experts in their respective fields. Cleveland State is in the top twenty percent of institutions in the nation for research and development, with a total of $55 million in expenditures. And, all of us at the University are committed to our founding mission: to provide students with an exceptional education and the preparation they need to lead successful, meaningful lives. Our graduates are the future leaders who will sustain our region's workforce.
I encourage each of you to join me at Cleveland State University, a best-in-class urban research institution in the heart of one of our nation's finest cities.
Ronald M. Berkman