For decades, Michigan State University has been working with partners in Detroit to support economic development, advance the arts, transform schools, improve health, and sustain the environment. Like Detroit, MSU values resilience, hard work, and a commitment to solving problems and empowering people for better lives.


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Henry Ford Health & MSU Celebrate Groundbreaking: 

Work on the $335 million research facility — a hallmark of the 30-year partnership between the two Michigan institutions — officially began in late May. The health sciences research center is the first physical embodiment of the Henry Ford + MSU partnership and will further enable groundbreaking discoveries and translational research for which the partnership is becoming known. A key focus in this research is closing the gap in health care outcomes for people based on race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. In addition, it is MSU’s largest research facility, designed to house more than 80 principal investigator teams.


Partnering with Henry Ford Health, Gilbert Family Foundation

The Gilbert Family Foundation (GFF), Henry Ford Health and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab today announced a historic partnership to bring a 72-bed state-of-the-art physical medicine and rehabilitation facility to Detroit. The facility will be managed by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and will become part of Henry Ford Health’s campus expansion.

The Gilbert Family Foundation also announced the creation of the Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute, bringing a revolutionary neurofibromatosis research institute to Detroit in partnership with Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences. Both of these partnerships will cement Detroit as a leader in innovative, personalized medical care and research

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Endowment Fund Becomes Majority Investor in Fisher Building

Michigan State University’s investment today in one of Detroit’s most historic and iconic buildings, the Fisher Building, adds another splash of green to the Motor City skyline.  

The university anticipates supporting an array of educational, administrative and community-facing functions within the building, while the MSU Research Foundation plans to open a start-up incubator inside the Fisher Building later this year. 

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Detroit Apple Developer Academy Celebrates First Graduating Class

The academy in Detroit is the first in the United States, launched as part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. The free program offers students an opportunity to become entrepreneurs and app developers by learning the fundamentals of coding, design, marketing and project management — with an emphasis on inclusivity and making a positive impact in local communities.

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MSU Nursing Students Speed into the Motor City

Keeping hundreds of Detroit Public Schools elementary and middle school children orderly while collecting saliva samples as part of COVID-19 screenings proved overwhelming and, that day, the nursing students only made it through fourth grade.

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Apple, MSU collaborate to launch first U.S. Developer Academy:

Apple and Michigan State University announced that they will partner to launch the tech giant’s first United States-based Developer Academy in Detroit.

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Why Nonprofits Are Taking Over Detroit, Flint Governance

Though nonprofit philanthropies aid cities in times of need, like when natural disasters hit, their work usually ends when the crisis subsides. But that’s not the case in Detroit and FlintNew research from Michigan State University finds that nonprofits have acquired unprecedented involvement in how these two cities are governed.


Training Detroit's Future Civic Leaders

Over the past five years, Joshua Sapotichne and his team have deployed more than 160 students from 22 majors to partner with more than 30 Detroit civic organizations. Today, dozens of MSU InnovateGov alumni work full time in civic roles in Detroit.