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Global Challenges. Nebraska Solutions.

There just has to be a better way:

to produce more food with less water; to stop the spread of disease; to leverage the global economy. Through research, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has spent the last 142 years finding a better way for Nebraska - often through partnerships with other universities, some of them in other nations. The result: Nebraska-born solutions are being adopted all over the world, and many international partnerships are reaping rewards for Nebraskans in return. So whether it comes to finding a better way to do something in Nebraska or around the globe, UNL is at the center of it all.

UNL serves our state by:

  • Educating Nebraska's workforce
  • Empowering Nebraska's citizens
  • Revitalizing Nebraska's economy
  • Enhancing Nebraska's quality of life
  • Creating new opportunities through research and technology development.

Nebraska is home to upwards of 80,000 alumni of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


UNL is educating 14,821 undergraduate students from Nebraska.

Annual Impact: $267 million

Estimates say Nebraska Innovation Campus could bring an annual new payroll to the local and state economy of $267 million, including $149 million in direct annual payroll and $118 million in indirect payroll from new spin-off jobs.

$9.3 million to improve math achievement

UNL is using a $9.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund NebraskaMATH, which seeks to improve achievement in mathematics for all Nebraska students and to narrow achievement gaps of at-risk populations.

70 student-developed business solutions

32 businesses and 12 eight public entities in Nebraska that benefitted from the collaboration of students in UNL's Raikes School of Computer Science and Management as part of the program's Design Studio.

Engaging 135,000 Nebraska youth

About 135,000 Nebraska youth (one in three age-eligible) take part in 4-H programming each year

Adding $3 to Every Acre

2011 Crop Production Clinics reached more than 1,600 ag professionals and farmers, who reported that the clinics would contribute an average of $3 per acre on the land they manage.

Cutting Irrigation Costs $9.8 million

In 2010, programs on irrigation water management reached more than 1,700 producers and consultants. Those surveyed estimate a $9.8 million reduction in costs for the practices they plan to implement.

Saving Seniors Nearly $4 million

UNL has saved Nebraskans nearly $4 million over the last five years through the Medicare Education Program coordinated through Extension.

Saving Teens $1,500 a Year

Saving Teens $1,500 a Year Extension Educators have taught "Preventing Credit Card Blues at 22" to over 11,000 high school seniors. Learning to manage credit card use early in life can save an average of $1,500 annually in interest and fees.

Boosting Ranch Profitability by $9,800

A 2011 survey of cow/calf producers who participated in all UNL Extension beef programs in the past year reported making changes that improved their profitability by $18 per head or $9800 per operation.

Nebraska Values
UNL's Wood trains international HIV/AIDS researchers
Charles Wood

The African nation of Zambia is ground zero in the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Charles Wood, UNL molecular virologist and director of the Nebraska Center for Virology, is offering assistance that empowers Zambians to fight the battle themselves. Read more and watch videos about Charles Woods' HIV/AIDS research.

First approved E. coli interventions tested at UNL

University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists have been on the leading edge of research into the potentially deadly E. coli O157:H7 bacteria for years, with efforts including an international partnership to develop and test a vaccine. Read more about research into a vaccine for E.Coli.

Search for the origins of the universe sends physics researchers to Chicago, Switzerland
CERN Hadron collider

Five UNL particle physicists work nearly 500 miles from campus at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory at Batavia, Ill. Three others work almost 5,000 miles from Lincoln at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research on the Swiss-French border near Geneva, Switzerland. Read more about UNL particle physicists.

UNL program helping African farmers feed more, improving hybrids at home

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln-based international research program is helping farmers feed their nation's citizens in countries such as Niger, Ethiopia and Zambia, while also making available improved hybrids to American growers. Read more about international research helping American farms.

Global agreements expand UNL opportunities

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is in a land-locked state. So it's even more important for UNL to be engaged with universities worldwide. Student and faculty exchanges, study-abroad experiences and research collaborations are among the ways Nebraska students and faculty work with their counterparts worldwide. Read more UNL's international partnerships.

India: Potential to share energy, talent in global dimensions

A joint doctoral program and collaborative research in engineering with Anna University in Chennai, India, and a new academic partnership with India's Ministry of Food Processing Industries, are evidence of UNL's growing collaboration with India. Read more about UNL's collaborative research with India.

Confucius Institute provides lessons in Chinese language and culture

Since its establishment in 2007 as the 20th Confucius Institute in the United States, UNL's Confucius Institute has promoted the teaching of conversational Chinese at UNL and several other schools in Nebraska. Read more about the Confucius Institute at UNL.

UNL has 177,393 alumni living in 156 different countries.

Here, we've featured ten who are making a major impact on the world. But many more Nebraska alumni are doing great work.

10 alumni features

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Taste of china leaves architecture students hungry for more

Taylor Hammack has yet to absorb all the experiences he had this past fall in China. The fifth-year College of Architecture student says it may take him years to understand how it expanded his horizons as an architect, and as a human. Read more about UNL architects' trip to China.

Collaborative Antarctic research on geologic record coordinated at UNL

ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing), coordinated at UNL, is a collaboration of more than 200 scientists, students, and educators from Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States working to recover stratigraphic records from the Antarctic margin. Read more about the ANDRILL project.

Bullying research shared around the world thanks to UNL, Canadian researchers

Susan Swearer co-founded the web-based international Bullying Research Network as a way for top researchers to collaborate and share research on bullying. The forum also has links for parents, teachers and students. Read more about bullying research.