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What role do your region’s universities play in shaping technology of the future?

What’s the coolest next-gen R&D coming out of local higher ed labs? What do graduating students need to know to land their first tech roles? will explore this March, our Universities Month.

Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

This editorial article is a part of Universities Month 2023 in’s editorial calendar.

Believe it or not, graduation season is nearly upon us. That means thousands of STEM majors will be emerging into the workforce across the markets covers.

Beyond educating the pros of the future, though, universities contribute to their local tech ecosystems by advancing research that could someday impact all of our lives. And, of course, they literally shape the landscape by way of omnipresent real estate development.

March 2023 is Universities Month of’s editorial calendar. We want to hear from researchers, students and administrators — and the companies that interact with them — about what’s new and exciting in higher ed. We’ll also seek to address the challenges facing soon-to-be grads as they look for their next jobs, as well as regions’ efforts to retain them.

Expect answers to questions like: What’s the coolest next-gen R&D coming out of local universities and labs? How are academics thinking about tech transfer and commercializing their work? Who’s working on quantum computing, AI, robotics and other tech frontiers?

The stories we publish this month will follow themes we’ve covered in the past such as DEI efforts within computer science departments, which research designations matter, the impact of entrepreneurship majors and how universities are updating their engineering programs to keep up with the latest technical trends. As usual, we’ll publish explainers and guest commentary from experts and those with lived experience.

Tell us: What notable trends are you seeing in the universities space, especially in Philly, Baltimore, DC, Delaware and Pittsburgh? Pitch a story or guest post by getting in touch:

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