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Giving to INSPIRE

The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) is an exciting and innovative initiative linking the University of Illinois with premier institutions of higher education and research in Stockholm, and represents a significant evolution in our commitment to engage with the world around us in more deeply meaningful and innovative ways. As exhorted by Interim Chancellor Robert Easter at the opening session of the Illinois-KTH Stage II Research Symposium on May 4, 2011, our faculty and students are “dreaming big and aiming high” with the INSPIRE initiative. We seek to energize and inform all of our institutions’ core missions and activities—research, education, public service, and economic development, within the context of enhanced interaction between the universities, as well as between the public and private sectors of Illinois and Sweden.

As our name implies, we seek to “inspire” our faculty, our students, our political and corporate leadership, and the general public of Illinois and Sweden to come together—to bridge cultures, expand horizons, create and share new knowledge, and enhance the prosperity of our people. But as inventor Thomas Edison so famously noted, “success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” The real work of INSPIRE relies entirely on bringing together the people—faculty, students, administrators, and others—from all of the institutions involved, to create connections, foster collaborative research, provide transformative educational experiences, and engage with civic and corporate cultures in Sweden and in Illinois. And bringing people together, whether for a few days, a few months, or an academic year, requires resources.

We invite you to join us in putting forth the “90 percent perspiration” needed to make INSPIRE a success, whether through your professional expertise and personal connections or through your generous financial support. Foundations with particular interests in enhancing the interactions between Swedish and American higher education and research, corporations with strong ties or newly identified markets in Sweden and Illinois, individuals who have benefited from study abroad or other unique learning experiences, or anyone who values and wishes to participate in innovative, multidisciplinary international collaborations can play a role in the INSPIRE initiative.

To discuss specific giving opportunities, please contact:

Rebecca Linder
Director of Advancement, International Programs and Studies
507 E. Green Street, Rm 402, MC-417
Champaign, IL 61820
USA
(217) 333-5724
rblachly@illinois.edu