As South Florida's only public research university, we are proud of our record of service to the South Florida community and to our students. Our 2010-2015 Worlds Ahead strategic plan calls for us to build on our faculty's research and creative energies to form a strong foundation for competitiveness in the twenty-first century knowledge economy, and to engage with local and global communities in collaborative problem solving.
FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with high research activity and a community-engaged university. Research at FIU focuses on addressing scientific challenges, as well as the social and economic needs of Florida and the nation. FIU faculty produces research that is linked to local economic development and problem solving. Research provides high-skill, high-wage jobs for our communities. As an urban research university, we are committed to investing now to foster the next generation of scientists and innovation, which will be the key to global competitiveness, new and better jobs, a resilient economy, and the attainment of essential national goals.