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UB 2020

University at Buffalo's strategic plan

Overview: The UB 2020 Initiative

Our Impact on Buffalo Niagara

A Better Quality of Life

The implementation of UB 2020 has revolutionized the way we perceive ourselves, our university and our community.

A stronger UB means a better quality of life for all residents of Buffalo Niagara. It’s about creating more vibrant communities, providing opportunities for our young people and revitalizing downtown Buffalo. Educating more citizens of New York State and attracting more students from across the country and around the world will reverse the “brain drain” that has characterized the region in recent years.

Strengthening Our Community


UB leverages its strength in knowledge creation to yield tangible economic gains. The transfer of new technology to the private sector benefits the public while providing opportunities for further development and commercial applications.


Our economic impact starts with the cultivation of a vibrant, creative community of faculty, staff and scholars. UB researchers flourish in an environment where both individual creativity and interdisciplinary inquiry are supported.


Research innovation sparks the creation of promising patents, revolutionary medical treatments, scientific and research firms, new creative professionals and high-technology jobs.

Investing in Downtown Buffalo

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Expanding our Downtown Campus is pivotal to the future of Buffalo. UB and Kaleida Health have constructed an 8-story building to strengthen ties between the university and our region’s largest hospital network. UB is constructing a new home for its Educational Opportunity Center. The university also is moving forward with plans to relocate the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo to align more effectively with regional hospitals and research partners.


Working with our partners Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, UB is fueling the creation of life sciences-based companies.


More than 60 companies have been created in the past four years through the transfer of technology from UB to the private sector. Many of these firms were launched in the UB Technology Incubator located near the North Campus. An incubator downtown will similarly enhance UB’s ability to transfer research to commercialization.