Message from Leadership

Pradeep KhannaThe Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) is thankful for the opportunity to serve our 447 corporate partners in 2022. They help our students gain vital experiential learning and support groundbreaking research at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2022, our corporate partners invested $131.2 million on our campus. 18,000 unique employers hired from Illinois. Our corporate partners are also important members of our vibrant innovation ecosystem.

The OCR acts as a one-stop-shop for companies that come to Illinois. We serve student engagement, branding and sponsorship, targeted research, innovation and tech transfer and professional education needs of companies. Illinois is always at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research. In recent years, the university launched several new research initiatives to address global challenges that face our society today, including the Center for Autonomy, the Center for Artificial Intelligence and the Center for Digital Agriculture.

We want to thank our corporate partners for their investment in and engagement with the University of Illinois, and we look forward to the continued growth and success of our partnerships.

Pradeep Khanna
Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate Relations and Economic Development
at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign