Education

Preparing New Economy-ready graduates

ASU has long been a resource for helping people earn a degree that will help them on a career path for a better future. Today, ASU is especially focused on helping Arizona prepare for technology-driven New Economy jobs, providing people with the skills to be part of a highly skilled workforce of the future and to prepare for lifelong learning.

Across every New Economy sector, ASU academic programs are producing entrepreneurial, employable graduates with the know-how and problem-solving skills to help businesses thrive and to drive Arizona’s competitiveness.


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17

schools and colleges

19K+

new graduates (2021)

26K+

engineering students
enrolled (2021)

130K+

total learners enrolled

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Fulton Schools of Engineering

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are at the forefront of ASU’s efforts to produce the talent to position our state for success in attracting and growing high-tech industries.

With funding from the New Economy Initiative, ASU is adding world-class faculty to increase the capacity of the Fulton Schools of Engineering to serve larger numbers of students and enable hands-on research experiences that improve job readiness. The return on this investment will catalyze sustained resiliency and growth that creates wealth for Arizona businesses and families working in every sector, strengthening our state’s greater economy.

By 2025, the New Economy Initiative will firmly establish the Fulton Schools of Engineering as the national leader in engineering education, producing high quality graduates and newly trained learners who meet local demand for the skilled workers needed by growing New Economy industries.

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6K

New engineering graduates per year

40K

Engineering students enrolled

#1

Producer of technical talent in the U.S.

Mobilizing innovative educational assets

A vibrant New Economy ecosystem requires not only engineers and technical experts, but also skilled workers in diverse fields like allied health, biosciences, digital media and film, entrepreneurship, education, finance and more.

Through adaptive, AI-infused advising platforms and hybrid education models, ASU is ensuring student success and increasing graduation outcomes in critical professions. ASU’s approach to producing professionals equipped to lead in the New Economy is also leveraging unique new physical assets that enable sophisticated, hands-on training to advance job readiness and leave graduates prepared to contribute to Arizona’s prosperity and thriving.

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Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health

Preparing students to tackle the world’s greatest challenges

Integrating key ASU resources for training in sustainability-focused professions, the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health enables interdisciplinary education and research around the great challenges facing Arizona and the world relating to food, water and energy. The Center for Planetary Health integrates research labs spanning biosciences, engineering, life sciences and sustainability with spaces for research and education in computing, cybersecurity, engineering design, fabrication and robotics. By co-locating the disciplines that matter most to Arizona’s future — from those that will help us to sustainably thrive in an arid climate to those that will directly power high-tech New Economy industries — the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health is able to offer a world-class education experience to prepare future leaders for local and global impact.

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Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center

Preparing students to thrive in a digital world

The Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, Arizona, will empower a new generation of creators to become the media and technology professionals that position Arizona for success in the New Economy. The MIX Center prepares students for New Economy opportunities in digital media and entertainment, arts, engineering and entrepreneurship. The Center will serve hundreds of students learning to develop immersive media experiences such as film, video games and virtual reality world-building. With support from ASU’s top-ranked programs in digital media technology offered by the Herberger Institute for the Design and the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the MIX Center serves as a laboratory for advanced technologies at the nexus of arts in engineering. The Center also provides resources and programs to support current and aspiring new economy entrepreneurs through the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at ASU. As part of the ASU at Mesa City Center complex, a collaboration between ASU and City of Mesa, the MIX Center also serves as an inclusive public gathering space for inspiration, entertainment, and education in the heart of Mesa’s Innovation District.

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Thunderbird School of Global Management Global Headquarters

Fusing business and technology for global leadership

Situated on ASU’s Downtown campus, the new Global Headquarters of ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management is the world’s most technologically advanced management and leadership education center. Thunderbird’s Global Headquarters is helping Arizona to meet the demands of the New Economy by delivering technology-enabled, transdisciplinary education that prepares students for the opportunities and challenges of global careers. With a footprint of 100,000+ square feet, 1600 square feet of digital displays, and 31 million pixels of LED content, Thunderbird’s Global Headquarters enables hands-on engagement with bleeding edge technologies and state-of-the-art classrooms. The full integration of technology enhances the learning experience and allows students to become familiar with emerging technologies that are reshaping the workplace. Among the technology assets of Thunderbird’s Global Headquarters are extended reality (XR) production and development facilities, a volumetric capture studio that creates full three-dimensional renderings of faculty and student teaching and learning activities, and a virtual reality-based language lab. The site also hosts a global decision theater enabling immersive, collaborative problem-solving and modeling between student and faculty teams around the world.