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U South Florida and Jabil Inc. in $1M partnership establishing the USF Jabil Innovation Institute

By David Schwartz
Published: November 19th, 2019

The University of South Florida has entered a $1 million partnership with Jabil Inc. to launch the USF Jabil Innovation Institute. Based in St. Petersburg, FL, Jabil is a manufacturing solutions provider offering design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services for a wide array of industries. The Institute will catalyze collaborations in research, community engagement, and talent development with the school’s College of Engineering and Muma College of Business. A primary goal is to bolster USF student post-graduation prospects by providing experiential learning opportunities and skills needed to remain competitive in the job market.

“We look forward to growing the Institute so that it serves as a national model for high-impact university-industry partnerships,” said USF President Steve Currall. “We are leveraging our strengths at the right time and right place — a Tampa Bay region that is continuing to build momentum as a creative, high-tech destination for the next generation of the technology-savvy workforce. And at the heart of it will be Jabil and USF, charting a groundbreaking course together.”

Jabil will be leasing space at the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) in USF’s Research Park, where USF students and faculty will collaborate with Jabil teams, gaining real-life experience developing solutions to critical business and technology issues. Jabil will also be participating in USF innovation initiatives and leading programs for client companies at TBTI.

“We are looking forward to working even more closely with USF with this partnership,” said Jabil CEO Mark T. Mondello. “We firmly believe that together we can bridge business and engineering theory to the changing challenges of our global community.”

The partnership includes an $800,000 gift and $200,000 in research support given by Jabil to the USF Foundation.

“The gift and research support to foster the partnership will create the type of opportunities our high-achieving students seek. We are so thankful that Jabil has chosen to contribute to our incredible momentum here at USF,” said USF Foundation CEO Joel Momberg.

Source: University of South Florida Newsroom

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