At the Murchison Performing Arts Center, a place where harmony so frequently takes center stage, President Neal Smatresk accordingly shone a spotlight on the importance of collaboration to further solidify UNT’s impressive reputation during his 2019 State of the University address.

During the sixth annual event, the president outlined a five-year strategic plan — developed following listening tours with faculty and staff throughout all university divisions — that involves a three-pronged approach to enhancing UNT’s local, national and global footprint. That approach, he emphasized, requires an unwavering commitment across all colleges and departments to scholarly activity and innovation, people and processes, and student empowerment.

“In an age where universities have been asked to change more rapidly than ever, where there is a lot of pressure on public institutions to do better with less, we can’t get to where we need to go without building a culture of collaboration,” Smatresk said.

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At the University of North Texas, we transform students’ lives and connect them to their dreams. Hear from our newest students about what they hope to accomplish while studying at UNT, and discover the many ways UNT has changed the lives of upperclassmen and recent alumni.

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For more than a century, UNT students have delivered an incredible display of originality and perseverance. They are dominating global coding challenges, working with NASA to improve technology, taking home top prizes in international engineering competitions, winning Grammys, launching global brands and initiating research projects that could change the world. Enjoy this recap of our 2018-19 accomplishments and discover the many ways we push boundaries every day, combine creativity and science, and flip perspectives for innovative ways to solve problems. At UNT, we create original experiences that deliver extraordinary results.

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Welcome to University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk’s 2019 State of the University. At UNT, faculty and students push creative boundaries by tapping into their imaginations to make an impact on the world.

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