Chancellor’s Greeting

A message from IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar

In the heart of Indianapolis beats the heart of IUPUI. Both have reached milestones: at IUPUI, we just celebrated our 50th Anniversary, and the city itself is celebrating its bicentennial. Both are rooted in the past with a vision for the future.

IUPUI counts among our proudest achievements the hundreds of thousands of graduates who have earned their degrees as Jaguars. Of our alumni, the vast majority are from Indiana and remain here to build their careers and their lives.

We attract and retain world-class talent, from thriving bench and clinical scientists to internationally recognized artists to members of national academies, all of whom contribute to an environment where research, scholarship, and creative activity flourish.

IUPUI educates and graduates civic-minded professionals, actively supports the neighborhoods surrounding campus, and promotes the economic development and vitality of the region by forging mutually beneficial business, industry, government, and community partnerships.

With students from all 92 Indiana counties, we extend our positive impact on the state through our leadership of the education centers in Columbus and Fort Wayne, both of which play a vital role in educating Hoosiers across the state. We also welcome students from every state in the nation and from 144 different countries. Ours is a global perspective with local roots.

In the months immediately following my annual Report to the Community at which I share the printed version of the IUPUI Community Report, the world has faced one of the most devastating health crises since the Spanish flu struck over a century ago. While the COVID-19 pandemic utterly transformed the way we live our lives—quarantined and physically distanced—it has also dramatically affected the way IUPUI has delivered education and conducted research. With courses shifted online after our spring break in 2020, IUPUI drew on decades of strength in the online space and our reputation for pedagogical innovation. At the end of the spring semester, the result of these efforts was revealed in the success of the 7,078 students who graduated from sites across the state, as well as in the breadth and strength of the Jaguar spirit.

At IUPUI, talent, knowledge, and community are our business, and you see each of these throughout the pages that follow. I hope you enjoy the projects showcased in this report, and I encourage you to seek more information about our campus at the IUPUI homepage.

Nasser H. Paydar

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