Since its founding in 1968, Northern Kentucky University has embraced its role as a steward of place – a commitment to serving the needs of the region through the development, application and exchange of knowledge and ideas.
The 420-acre campus, located a few miles from Cincinnati in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, drives regional growth and prosperity, in part, by forging innovative partnerships. These collaborations help solve the community’s biggest challenges while educating students to become tomorrow’s professionals.
“We always keep our eyes and ears open to the needs of the region, and we look for unique ways to serve our students,” says NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “We’re here to serve the workforce needs of this region. We’re also here to provide the innovation and research needed to address with community-based issues and challenges.”
In an effort to address the physician shortage in Kentucky, for example, NKU recently collaborated with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to open a 19,806-square-foot northern Kentucky campus. The goal? Educating future doctors for the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region.
In partnership with St. Elizabeth, NKU recently opened the Health Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art technology and learning facility designed to help prepare the next generation of health care professionals.