University of Maryland


To Turn Imagination into Innovation

Seeing what nobody else sees. Thinking differently. Believing in the impossible. A Fearless Idea is born out of any of these. Making it come to life is where the real work starts. Maryland offers the right environment for students and faculty to create the next game-changing technology, invention or business. By supporting Maryland’s pioneering programs in entrepreneurship, you can turn imagination into innovation.

Arts and Humanities

The renowned scientist E.O. Wilson has described the humanities as “the natural history of culture, and our most private and precious heritage.” The humanities are the study of what it means to be human, and the arts are the channels through which we deliver the stories and ideas that express our humanity. They’re central to human understanding and penetrate every aspect of existence, and they can, and should, intersect with the natural and social sciences. To be a truly great university, the University of Maryland must embrace and advance the intersections of arts, the humanities and the sciences in the context of a liberal education devoted to advancing knowledge and nurturing good citizens.

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Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is where our ideas become Fearless.

It’s a presidential initiative to infuse the university with a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) across all 12 schools and colleges. By embedding I&E into the core curriculum, bringing real-world experiential learning into the classroom and giving students opportunities to work across disciplines to creatively solve problems they’re passionate about, the academy prepares students to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Your support can enhance its exciting initiatives including Fearless Ideas courses, design thinking modules, collaborative learning spaces and Innovation Fridays.

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Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Global climate change is one of today’s most urgent challenges, threatening cultures and ecosystems worldwide while endangering public health and economic prosperity.

With our strategic location near the nation’s capital and our strengths in areas including public policy, computer science, agriculture, education and environmental health, our bold Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative will position UMD as a global, results-oriented leader in this critical field. The initiative will establish new interdisciplinary degree programs, extension services and research collaborations to study the impact of global warming, focusing on new adaptive approaches to build resilient societies and mitigate a broad spectrum of harmful effects.

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