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Cultivating Critical Skills for the Innovation Economy

Preparing university students so that they don’t just participate in the innovation economy—they drive it

Welcome to Catalyze U

Equipping the next generation with the technology and entrepreneurial know-how to improve the world they live in—that’s what the Intel Higher Education effort is all about. Here’s how we do it:

  • We collaborate with professors on skills that create new technologies and new businesses.    
  • We partner with key universities to pursue advanced technology research.
  • We equip students with skills to innovate and bring products and services to market.
  • We catalyze governments, industry and NGOs to create a culture of innovation.
  • We connect academia to industry technology solution experts.

Learn about the details below.

Close engagement with professors

Collaborating with professors

Intel draws upon its technology and innovation leadership to engage with professors at major universities on technology curricula and skill set development. This provides faculty with the latest information to work with when they teach mobile and embedded applications, cloud computing, manufacturing technology, and other emerging technologies. Because Intel’s insights help professors know where technology is headed, they can better prepare students to compete effectively in the global economy.

To facilitate academic collaboration around technical and entrepreneurial topics, Intel hosts an on-line community and regional academic forums for professors.

Partnering with universities;

Partnering with universities

Active in more than 90 countries, the Intel Higher Education program’s partnership with universities also includes grants for hundreds of advanced technology research projects worldwide. S­tudents, with the help of Intel mentors, are looking into technology that can improve every facet of life—from agriculture to zoology, and beyond. The relationship includes Intel-funded Intel Science and Technology Centers anchored at key universities in the U.S., and Institutes for Collaborative Research in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. These open collaborations focus on cloud, connected context,  embedded, pervasive, secure, social, and visual computing as well as big data, computational intelligence, and sustainable connected cities.

These research partnerships help provide a foundation for innovation that in turn helps develop a diverse pipeline of technical talent and promote a country’s economic growth.

Investing in students

Investing in students

Promoting technical and entrepreneurial education that empowers students to create new technologies and new businesses is our vision. We do this by fostering university research, collaborating on curriculum and skill set development, hosting student competitions, providing Intel mentors, and more. Diversity and other scholarships, fellowships, and internships and career opportunities may also be available for students.

Our investment in university students begins in K-12 where we offer extensive resources to foster interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Many students who participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), for example, awaken a technology interest that they go on to pursue as collegiates. The top 30 Intel ISEF finalists receive various levels of scholarships to assist them in that pursuit.


Catalyzing government, industry and NGOs

We like to stir things up a bit by going into places where no one has been before, pulling together unlikely partnerships, and challenging the status quo if it results in helping create a culture of innovation in a country. It’s part of our DNA dating back to when Founder Robert Noyce challenged us: “Don't be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful.”

That’s why we act as a catalyst when we need to bring government, industry and NGOs together with academia to achieve something wonderful. Like when we pulled together two governments and two U.S. universities to create the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program to collaborate with top technical universities and vocational colleges in Vietnam. Or when we worked with academia and industry to develop the revolutionary C-RAN technology for wave broadcast mobile communications in Taiwan. Such partnerships not only help build a strong technical base in a country, they also empower students to take their new skills and create something wonderful of their own.

Technical Solution Advisors

Connecting academia to technology solution experts

The Intel Higher Education program is not out to sell products. But there may come a time when a professor or university administrator has some serious questions about implementing a technology solution and wants to learn from the best practices of others. That’s when we connect them to our higher ed technology advisors who are the experts in configuring solutions for educational implementations.

Part of that expertise comes from our own IT group who manage the clients, servers and networks for some 100,000 employees at Intel. They constantly evaluate the latest technology and make it a point to document their learnings and share their best practices. It also comes from involvement with hundreds of educational institutions—helping them tap into cloud computing, set up new labs, configure data centers, network campuses, equip students with the latest mobile technology, solve big data problems, or consult on a number of other challenges.  You are invited to connect with an Intel higher ed technology solution expert with any of your product questions.