UM-Dearborn is more than a top-ranked university. We are an active community partner, an agent for change and a catalyst for local businesses and industry.
Since our founding in 1959, University of Michigan-Dearborn has established effective, collaborative partnerships with businesses, schools, government agencies and nonprofits in our metropolitan region. Through these partnerships, we’ve created community initiatives, hands-on programs and business partnerships that engage our students, staff and faculty in our efforts to revive and renew southeast Michigan.
We attract students who want to make a difference. They attend UM-Dearborn to take full advantage of our experiential learning and research opportunities, and they graduate work-ready and civic-minded. Nearly 80 percent of graduates stay in the region to continue working for and on behalf of local businesses and communities.
The Business Engagement Center (BEC) advances research, education and economic development by partnering with businesses to give them access to the university’s vast resources. Connect with faculty to utilize their expertise or partner with our programs on collaborative research and sponsored projects. Companies can recruit students for internships and co-ops, rent our facilities and equipment or work with us on a strategic philanthropy plan.
The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) supports and creates programs to engage students, faculty and community partners in mutually beneficial activities that impact southeast Michigan. We seek out and broker strategic community partnerships, provide faculty seed grants and facilitate connecting students to meaningful engagement and internship opportunities. We also host Public Allies Metro Detroit, an AmeriCorps program at UM-Dearborn.
UM-Dearborn houses a number of offices and centers that can be a resource for your business or organization. Explore our offerings below to learn how you can connect with the university.
Committed to Michigan: 80% of our graduates stay in the state, and the university partners with more than 1,000 businesses.
Students, nonprofits partnered together this summer to tackle issues facing southeast Michigan's nonprofit organizations.
CASL's new Journalism and Screen Studies Studio preps students for production.
Students experienced the ultimate capstone project this summer when they traveled to Cyprus to explore the Mediterranean landscape.
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters students now can design their own interdisciplinary major with the Individual Program of Study.
History professor and activist Ahmad Rahman is remembered for challenging assumptions in the classroom and community.
Students' eight-week summer research program in mathematics opened minds ... and doors.
UM-Dearborn has partnered with Zipcar to offer a new car-sharing program for faculty, staff and students.
Students experienced history this summer through a new study abroad course in Poland.