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President's Report 2018


Transforming lives

Portland State University students are building a satellite that will be launched into orbit from the International Space Station. Wow, right? It's this type of real-life, research-based experience that molds tomorrow's innovative thinkers. In my six months as PSU's ninth president, I have met many students who are enjoying life-changing experiences thanks to creative faculty, talented researchers, and the University's collective spirit of service. Read more of President Rahmat Shoureshi's message.

Above: Architecture students and faculty have helped plan, design and build a village of sleeping pods for homeless women in Portland's Kenton neighborhood and for homeless veterans in Clackamas County.



President Shoureshi describes advantages of hiring PSU students to business leaders 

President ShoureshiBusinesses that provide Portland State University students real-world work experiences will build a more skilled and diverse workforce and launch students into meaningful careers, PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi told elected officials and business leaders Wednesday.

President Shoureshi asked the audience of the Westside Economic Alliance breakfast to consider offering Cooperative Education, or extended internship positions, to PSU students. President Shoureshi and other PSU leaders are planning a Cooperative Education program where students would alternate quarters of academic learning with periods of paid work in fields related to their major and career ambitions.

In the best-case scenario, President Shoureshi said, businesses could hire the students they had already trained fresh out of college, keeping skilled employees in the Portland metro area and benefitting the regional economy.

Pacific University President Lesley Hallick joined President Shoureshi in conversation. The two discussed ways that universities, community colleges and schools could work together to encourage students to become the first in their families to attend college. Held at a Tigard hotel, the breakfast meeting drew more than 75 leaders from Washington County businesses and local governments. 

Paige Parker Frank


President Shoureshi outlines his PSU priorities to Portland City Club 

Portland State University President Rahmat Shoureshi was the featured speaker at the City Club’s Friday Forum on Dec. 15, detailing PSU’s impact and discussing his vision for the future. His ideas included establishing “Centers for Excellence” that bring together top faculty researchers and students to focus on issues ranging from homelessness to minority business enterprise. Tim Nesbitt, former head of the Higher Education Coordinating Committee and chief of staff for ex-Gov. Ted Kulongoski, asked the president a series of questions about tuition, access, state support and other topics. . About 150 people attended the event, including a large contingent of students from Jefferson High School. 


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