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The University of Houston is a Tier One public research university located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1927, it is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. The third-largest university in Texas, UH has over 38,750 students on its 667-acre campus in southeast Houston. It was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991. The Princeton Review has listed UH as one of America's best colleges. The institution ranks among the Top 50 American Research Universities, and it is in the Top 300 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The university offers over 300 degree programs through its 12 academic colleges on campus—including programs leading to professional degrees in law, optometry, and pharmacy. The institution conducts nearly $120 million annually in research, and it operates more than 40 research centers and institutes on campus. Interdisciplinary research includes superconductivity, space commercialization and exploration, biomedical sciences and engineering, energy and natural resources, and artificial intelligence. Awarding more than 7,200 degrees annually, UH's alumni base exceeds 250,000. The economic impact of the university contributes over $3.1 billion annually to the Houston economy while generating about 24,000 jobs.


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The University of Houston System (often referred to as "UH System" or "UHS") is a state system of higher education which oversees and funds four independent, self-governing universities and two multi-institution teaching centers (MITCs, pronounced "mit-sees"). The University of Houston System is the fourth-largest university system in the U.S. state of Texas. With more than 56,000 students and 4,000 faculties total from four universities, it is the largest metropolitan public system of higher education in Texas. As of 1997, the University of Houston System administration is located in the Ezekiel W. Cullen building on the University of Houston campus, the system's flagship university. (more...)

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Jody Williams at Quinnipiac University in 2005

Jody Williams (born October 9, 1950 in Brattleboro, Vermont) is an American teacher and aid worker who received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the campaign she led, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). Williams first trained as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), receiving a BA from the University of Vermont in 1972 and a Master's degree in teaching Spanish and ESL from the School for International Training (also in Vermont) in 1974. In 1984 she received a second M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Williams continues to serve the ICBL as a campaign ambassador and editor of the organization's landmine report, and, since 2003, has held a faculty position of distinguished professor of social work and global justice at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. (more...)

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  • April 26, 2008 — UH alumnus and former board of regents member Jack Valenti becomes a university namesake after the School of Communication is renamed to the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication in his honor.
  • February 20, 2008 — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the University of Houston during a campaign for his wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
  • December 14, 2007 — Kevin Sumlin, co-offensive coordinator the Oklahoma Sooners, accepted a position as the Houston Cougars football head coach.
  • November 5, 2007 — Dr. Renu Khator, Ph.D. became UH's President and Chancellor of the UH System.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at a rally for his wife, and U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the University of Houston on February 20, 2008. The rally was held in Hofheinz Pavilion in front of thousands of students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as community residents.

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