Virginia Tech has recently launched The Calhoun Centre for Higher Education Innovation. One of three interrelated initiatives run by the university, it will equip students with problem-solving skills and teach them new perspectives of the world around them.
Funded by Virginia Tech alumnus David Calhoun, who is now a senior managing director for Blackstone and was CEO of Nielsen, his USD 20 million gift to the Honors College will fund several other projects at the university.
This includes the Calhoun Honours Discovery Program, which will develop a new model for collaborative learning within the Honors College. The program is currently under development, but aims to teach graduates and prepare them for the 21st century’s innovation economy. In order to help students financially, a further USD 15 million will be invested into Discovery Program scholarships.
The university has also recently launched its Apex Center for Entrepreneurs, which recently won the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. The center won this award for many reasons, one of which being the interdisciplinary nature of its programs. Last year alone, over 1,900 students from across its eight colleges took part in programs and events led by the center. It can be used by students from any year group, studying any subject and it will encourage those who use it to learn and engage in all phases of the entrepreneurship process. Virginia Tech alumni also take part and help students who use the center. Over 2,500 students are expected to use it this year.
The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviours supported a pilot research project. The project aims to tackle health issues caused by lifestyle diseases.