As we have seen in previous articles, the Midwest region is vital for the economic and commercial interests in the United States. Currently, one of the most important elements for this is the great Jewish community established there hundreds of years ago. Thanks to them, the Midwestern area has been increasing in multiple industries and areas for the last years, and presently is being considered crucial for doing businesses in America.
However, the successful growing of this region has been also levered up by other elements, like the academic institutions settled in the Midwest, which have been promoting and supporting their students to work for this region, bringing new ideas and ventures to benefit not only the Midwestern cities, but the rest of the United States and the world. In addition, some of these institutions are the cradle of significant Jewish businessmen and personalities, like the University of Michigan, Ohio State University or Northwestern University.
The University of Chicago
Founded in 1892 and located in Illinois, this amazing institution is considered the best university in the Midwest region. Through its history, this university has been recognized for its Business School, which is for some experts the best business academy in the world, above other remarkable universities like Harvard or Stanford.
For almost 125 years of history, the University of Chicago has had as students 87 Nobel Prizes and important world leaders and experts from multiple fields, like economics, math, physics, chemistry and other areas. Moreover, this organization has the biggest press office among all the United States University, through the University of Chicago Press, which publishes different articles from multiple areas.
The University of Chicago has seven schools, The Pritzker Medicine School, Booth Business School, Law School, University of Chicago Seminary, Harris Public Politics School, Social Service Management School and the Graham Education Center. Some of its significant Jewish students have been Jack Steinberger, who awarded the Physics Nobel Prize in 1988, Harry Markowitz, a worldwide recognized economic expert and awarded with the Economic Science Nobel Prize in 1990, or Paul Samuelson, who also awarded the Economic Nobel Prize in 1970.
The University of Michigan
Located in Ann Arbor and founded almost 200 years ago, this organization is one of the oldest universities in the United States, and well known for its research activities. For 2016, the University of Michigan had a budget of $7 billion dollars and more than 44.000 students. Despite being a public University, is considered one of the most important in America and the world. Today, it is ranked as the 23rd best university in the planet for its amazing academic level. Moreover, this institute is also well known for its athletic discipline, having excellent teams for different sports.
Currently, the University of Michigan has 4 faculties, which are the engineering, Literature, science and arts, Pharmacy and Architecture faculties. It has also 9 schools, which are the Ford Public Politics School, the Law School, the Medicine School, the Ross Business School, the Education School, the Informatics School, the Music School, the Natural Resources School and the Public Health School.
This significant academic institute has had notable Jewish students, like the Marshall Nirenberg, who awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968, Benjamin Aaron, who was the director of the National War Labor Board during World War II, or Amos Tversky, a very recognized psychologist, both in America and Israel. Other important students have been the President Gerald Ford, Larry Page, Google CEO, or the actor James Earl Jones.
The Northwestern University
Currently, the Northwestern University is ranked as the 15th best university in the United States. Located in Evanston and with more than 150 years of history, this institution is well known for its research activities in different fields, like management, marketing, journalism, and communications. For 2016, this institution had a budget of $5.5 billion dollars and 16.377 students.
The Northwestern University has campuses not only in Evanston but also in Illinois, where it has the Feinberg School of Medicine, Kellogg School of Management, Pritzker School of Law and the School of Professional Studies. It has also presence in San Francisco, California, and Doha, Qatar. In Evanston, the institute has the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, Bienen School of Music, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Medill School of Journalism, School of Education and Social Policy, and the School of Professional Studies.
We have seen three of the main universities not only in the American Midwest Region but also in the world. These great institutions are a vital part of the Midwestern growing, due to the great academic support both for students and businesses, through their research activities. In addition, these institutes have given to society great figures, not only in the Jewish community but also for other societies that are making the Midwest Region one of the most important zones in America.
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