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Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP)

PURPOSE: In 2005, Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota launched a broad initiative to capture value for both organizations through a more strategic collaboration—connecting the two organizations where mutual benefit can be found. This includes collaboration on community-based research, sharing of academic and practitioner expertise, and providing students with valuable real-world experience.

VISION STATEMENT: The Hennepin-University Partnership is a strategic alignment between the state’s primary research university and the state’s largest county—focusing on connecting where it counts.


  • Develop knowledge: Conduct joint research on issues of mutual interest
  • Share Expertise: Both academic and practitioner expertise
  • Provide Students field experiences to enrich their learning experience and build a more capable future work force
  • Share knowledge and best practices around the operation of large institutions

MORE INFORMATION: http://www1.umn.edu/hup/index.html

Kathie Doty Director, Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) (612) 625-4383