The Provost’s Column

Jefferson has always been at the forefront of revolutionary education. 

In 2017, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University merged to establish a future-focused professional university that is keenly aware of what today’s students need to become tomorrow’s movers and shakers in architecture, business, design, fashion, health, and science.

In order to remain at the pinnacle of education and research, an institution must continually re-evaluate and reinvent itself… we must continually reimagine and re-create the university of tomorrow.

Our new Strategic Plan is a blueprint for growth and advancement over the next six years. It projects what we want to look like a decade from now.

Our three-pronged approach centers on expanding the aspects of a comprehensive university… scaling up the research enterprise… and further extending our global reach and approach to education and medicine.

First—a comprehensive university. 

When Jefferson merged with Philadelphia University, we created multi- and cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for students on both campuses. This provides broader career options for all, and molds well-rounded citizens of the globe. Some of our medical students have said that they specifically chose the Sidney Kimmel Medical College because of the opportunities to work across disciplines and explore non-clinical ideas and inventions that could help their patients.

Our students on all campuses are addressing the complex challenges of humanity and finding ways to improve lives, to be the healers and builders of society.

Second—scaling up the research enterprise.

It’s no secret that a top-notch medical center needs a high-caliber research infrastructure. It elevates ranking. It attracts the best and brightest faculty and students. It brings in funding and grants, and it inspires philanthropy. And, most importantly, it leads to breakthroughs that result in new treatments and cures for diseases.

By broadening Jefferson’s world-class research program to include design, engineering, business and industry, and humanities and social sciences, we are keeping our students at the forefront of emerging professions and supporting them in exploring the “what ifs” that lead to a brighter future.

That brings us to our third focus—a global reach.

Technology has put the world at our fingertips. We can get on a jet and be anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. We can see and speak with people across the globe, collaborate in virtual laboratories, and log in to online classrooms. Jefferson has always been at the forefront of revolutionary education. 

In 2017, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University merged to establish a future-focused professional university that is keenly aware of what today’s students need to become tomorrow’s movers and shakers in architecture, business, design, fashion, health, and science.

In order to remain at the pinnacle of education and research, an institution must continually re-evaluate and reinvent itself… we must continually reimagine and re-create the university of tomorrow.

Our new Strategic Plan is a blueprint for growth and advancement over the next six years. It projects what we want to look like a decade from now.

Our three-pronged approach centers on expanding the aspects of a comprehensive university… scaling up the research enterprise… and further extending our global reach and approach to education and medicine.

A professional-based education requires an international perspective because today’s students are global citizens and expect global learning experiences. 

With Jefferson’s eight Global Centers across the world, our students have unique educational opportunities to learn and connect with diverse people on a multitude of topics.

Our international endeavors broaden funding and philanthropy potential, and allows our students to experience different cultures, fostering a greater understanding of each other.

In order to stay relevant, we need to thrive in world of perpetual change, become part of the solution to global challenges, and continue to be humanistic, impactful contributing citizens of global society. 

Today there are no boundaries—geographical or otherwise. We are only bound by our imagination, inspiration, and collaboration.