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University of Houston Receives $50 Million Anonymous Gift


The University of Houston has received the largest donation in its history to attract the best faculty and establish new interdisciplinary institutes.

On Thursday, the university announced receiving $50 million from an anonymous donor towards the university’s “Here, We Go” philanthropic campaign. The gift will be spent on hiring distinguished faculty to establish and support four new institutes that will address crucial challenges in the areas of energy, infrastructure, population health, and global engagement.

“This gift will help us acquire top talent from across the nation to transform our academic and research abilities like nothing we have seen before,” said UH President Renu Khator.

The gift will inspire another $50 million in investments and create an endowment program to establish endowed chairs and professorships across the university.

Faculty with internationally recognized credentials will lead the institutes and conduct research that contributes to global conversations and develop and implement real-world solutions. The university students will also get opportunities to collaborate with leading scholars in innovative research and discovery worldwide.

“With this gift, we will help prepare University of Houston students to thrive in the global marketplace,” the donor said. “Strong faculty leadership is paramount to the University’s success.  This new wave of outstanding faculty will build upon the University’s already exceptional faculty.”

The university is planning to seek matching funds available from the state through the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) and the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI).

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