Foxconn Technology Group is giving the University of Wisconsin–Madison $100 million to boost engineering and innovation research at the school, a move officials believe could have big implications on the state’s technology industry.
Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that makes products for companies like Apple and Amazon, announced Monday that it plans to invest $100 million to fund research at the University, while also creating the framework for a science and technology institute that will collaborate closely with the company’s facilities in southeast Wisconsin. Foxconn broke ground on its Mount Pleasant facility earlier this summer, which expects to cost $10 billion and employ up to 13,000 people.
“This is an historic moment, not only for the University of Wisconsin and for Foxconn, but I hope for the entire state of Wisconsin,” UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Monday.
Foxconn’s $100 million gift will create a new interdisciplinary research center on the UW-Madison campus. The funds will also help launch the Foxconn Institute for Research in Science and Technology, or FIRST, which will be located on Foxconn’s main campus in Mount Pleasant.
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