University of Central Florida President Alexander N. Cartwright shares how the academic institution partners with industry by creating the talent and workforce needed to move forward with economic prosperity for the region

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The University of Centra Florida (UCF) is a metropolitan research university built to make a better future for the Orlando region and society. Leading the university is Dr. Alexander Cartwright, who was selected as UCF’s sixth president in March 2020.

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University of Central Florida President Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright

UCF was founded in 1963 to provide the talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program. Ever since then, UCF has been making an impact on the state, the nation, and beyond.

“UCF has continued to play a big role in this region,” Dr. Cartwright said.

We have become that comprehensive institution that is now one of the largest institutions in the country and provides a workforce that is having a major impact on the region.

Dr. Alexander Cartwright, University of Central Florida President

UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in several fields, including engineering and technology, optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, hospitality management, healthcare and video game design. Dr. Cartwright said the university has always been a great partner for industry in the Orlando region.

“In addition to providing the skills that are needed in the workforce in Orlando, we think about how do we grow the talent that continues to move us forward,” Dr. Cartwright said.

How do we provide the leaders, the innovators, the thinkers, the creators that are needed for the region and continue to move us forward with the economic prosperity we want to see in the region.

Dr. Alexander Cartwright, University of Central Florida President

Dr. Cartwright adds Orlando is a dynamic area that is growing and continuously moving, which is why UCF is focused on creating a workforce that can keep up with the pace of the region. He adds Orlando’s businesses are an asset for the university.

“Our students get to work with incredible companies. They get to learn from those companies. They get those experiential learning opportunities that continue to advance their academic career,” Dr. Cartwright said. “At the same time, our faculty, our staff and our students get to contribute to helping to make this region an even better place.”

Since moving to the Orlando region three years ago, Dr. Cartwright said he is fascinated by all that has been accomplished in that short period of time.

“I was impressed by the growth that you see happening in Orlando and how things continue to move. UCF is part of that,” he said.

We’re an academic institution that is always thinking about the future. Where do we go next?

Dr. Alexander Cartwright, University of Central Florida President

He said Orlando has the capability of becoming the leading technological community in the world because of the region’s many assets, including the availability of travel, talent and the companies located here.

“It’s now up to us to be thinking about how we make sure we are future ready,” Dr. Cartwright said.

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Dr. Cartwright’s vision is laid out in the university’s strategic plan, which he said focuses on UCF’s role in society and how the academic institution continues to drive economic prosperity.

“It is imperative that we provide not just the talent that’s needed in terms of students and the workforce that is needed, but how do we also enrich the entire community by attracting some of the world’s best minds in our faculty,” he said.

He adds the growth of the region and UCF are intertwined and the future is filled with unlimited potential.

“What I find most fascinating about Orlando and UCF is for all that we’ve accomplished I think we have so much more potential,” Dr. Cartwright said.

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