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Hennepin-University Partnership celebrates 10 years of connecting the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County

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June 15, 2015
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The Hennepin-University Partnership is a formal connection between the State’s most populous county, Hennepin County, and the State’s primary research institution, the University of Minnesota.  These two entities work together through a strategic partnership to capture value in areas where mutual benefit can be found – including conducting research that informs policy and practice, evaluating of public programs, sharing of expertise, and working with students on a range of projects. Learn more about the HUP.

This partnership is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. The success of this endeavor has come about as a result of committed, sustained and visionary leadership from both partners. See the HUP Management Team.

10 years of the Hennepin-University Partnership

President Eric W. Kaler
“Through HUP, the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County are together tackling some of our most urgent metropolitan needs, such as ending homelessness, improving education outcomes for all children, enhancing community benefits from transit system improvements, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.” 

"Mutually beneficial and reciprocal, HUP successfully brings together two large systems with very different missions and organizational structures.” 

Commissioner Jan Callison, Chair of the Hennepin County Board
“We find that partnering with trained researchers and bright students from our state’s primary research institution is of considerable value to us and helps us achieve our mission and goals.” 

 “We are proud that we have been able to turn an idea – finding ways for local government and academia to work together on addressing our most intractable societal problems – into a viable and productive program.” 

Award Winning Program

The Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) has been selected as the regional winner of the 2015 Association of Public & Land Grant Universities’ W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. The HUP was also selected to compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference at Pennsylvania State University, scheduled for September 2015. Read more about the award.

Launched in 2005, the HUP has supported more than 144 collaborations between Hennepin County and the University around issues such as ending homelessness, realizing economic benefits from transit system improvements, eliminating disparities in high school graduation rates, utilizing library services to
improve children’s reading skills, ensuring effective management of municipal waste, and providing quality healthcare to low income residents. These collaborations have generated over 4 million dollars in funding to support the work of University faculty, staff, and students. 

History of the Hennepin-University Partnership

Launched in 2005, the HUP has supported more than 144 collaborations between Hennepin County and the University around issues such as ending homelessness, realizing economic benefits from transit system improvements, eliminating disparities in high school graduation rates, utilizing library services toimprove children’s reading skills, ensuring effective management of municipal waste, and providing quality healthcare to low income residents. These collaborations have generated over $4 million in funding to support the work of University faculty, staff, and students. 

To learn more about the Hennepin-University Partnership, visit their website.