Around the industry: UO receives largest-ever gift to a public university

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  • California: The University of Southern California (USC) has teamed up with Peking University in China to develop a graduate program in occupational therapy. Under the partnership, faculty at Peking's Health Science Center will spend two years at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and return to Peking to launch the university's first master's program in rehabilitation. The program will include a concentration in occupational therapy (Botelho, University Business, 10/17).
  • Ohio: Oberlin University has partnered with Pioneer Academics, a provider of college-level online education for high school students. Through the partnership, high school students in the Pioneer Research Program will have access to Oberlin's library resources and will be able to earn credits. Students in the program work on research projects under the mentorship of college professors (Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, 10/14).
  • Oregon: The University of Oregon (UO) has received a historic $500 million gift, the biggest donation ever made to a public university. The money, which will be awarded over 10 years, will go toward launching the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact initiative, which aims to accelerate scientific discoveries with real-world applications across various fields. The university plans to use the donation to hire 600 faculty and staff and fund four new buildings (Svrluga, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 10/18).

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