From the President

Our plans for The University of Texas at Austin Medical Center make this an exciting time to be a Longhorn.
The University of Texas at Austin President, Jay Hartzell

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What an exciting time to be a Longhorn! Student demand to attend The University of Texas at Austin is at an all-time high, while we are also teaching more students than ever. Under our Change Starts Here strategic plan, we have many great initiatives underway, from a huge investment in semiconductors to the restoration and renovation of our beloved Tower. Among these opportunities, our efforts in health care and medicine will likely have the biggest impact of them all! We announced this past August that we will build a new academic medical center on the current Frank Erwin Center site. The University of Texas at Austin Medical Center will start with a UT hospital that will provide deep expertise for the most complex conditions, plus a hospital run by our sister UT System institution and partner, MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Proximity and partnership with the University will enable medical professionals to collaborate with the scholars, researchers and inventors on campus at a scale rarely seen anywhere. Our position as a top research university, combined with the tech environment that continues to flourish in Austin, gives us an advantage in attracting world-class talent and becoming a premier hub for health and life sciences.

UT has made great strides in its position as a health care leader in Austin with the growth of Dell Medical School. We want to continue our aim to make the biggest impact on the most people. This new medical center will be transformative for the state of Texas, if not the entire nation.

Now is the time to hit the accelerator. To borrow a phrase from our football program, “It’s all gas, no brakes.” This new chapter will benefit not only our University and the people of central Texas, but generation after generation of future Texans. It’s a bold promise, but the synergy between UT and its supporters will create the top health care destination in central Texas.

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Jay Hartzell, President
The University of Texas at Austin
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