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May Changemaker — Wim Wiewel

May Changemaker — Wim Wiewel

Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State // 

What inspires you?
I’m a city boy.   I’ve always focused on how to make cities economically strong, culturally vibrant, and socially just.  Urban universities are in a great position to contribute to these goals, and I’ve been fortunate to work on this for the past 38 years.

How do you foresee higher education further developing and driving city success?
People’s need for higher education continues to increase as technology develops and the world becomes ever more competitive.  Therefore, both the education and the research provided by colleges and universities will be ever more important.  Urban universities that partner with their cities—business, government, and nonprofits—will make the greatest contributions, and will thrive through partnerships.

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