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U of Kentucky launches program to deepen relationships with industry partners

The University of Kentucky (UK) is launching a new program aimed at deepening its relationships with strategic industry partners.

OneUK is a holistic business engagement program spearheaded by a dynamic, cross-functional team representing various industry-facing units within UK. That team will work closely with individual industry partners to co-develop custom engagement plans, including shared goals, projects, timelines and success metrics.

Through the program, being piloted with three key strategic partners, the involved companies will gain access to UK talent, expertise and other resources, while the university may receive support from industry partners in the form of gifts, investments, enhanced collaboration, and potential job opportunities for students and alumni. The inaugural cohort of corporate partners includes  Appalachian Regional Health (ARH), Fischer Homes, and Valvoline Global Operations.

“At the University of Kentucky, we take seriously one of the things that propels our purpose — strategic partnerships,” says UK president Eli Capilouto. “It’s these alliances, like OneUK, that connect deeply with our mission at UK, paving the way for workforce expansion, more research and development, and essential scholarships for students who need them. OneUK is a coordinated approach to meet the evolving needs of our Commonwealth, and we are proud to engage in this important work.”

“We are excited to be a part of such an exciting new partnership with UK as one of the first businesses to be a part of the OneUK program,” says Hollie Harris, president and CEO of ARH.

“Through this partnership, ARH and UK will strategically tailor programs and opportunities for those pursuing careers in healthcare and will maximize the impact we both can have on Kentucky’s workforce as well as the level of healthcare we are able to provide to the people of Central Appalachia.”

Source: UK Now

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