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A visionary leader and accomplished scholar, Vistasp M. Karbhari took office in June 2013 as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington. He is committed to advancing UTA’s national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of the University’s more than 58,000 students in Texas and around the world.

A prolific researcher and seasoned administrator, President Karbhari has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $37 million in research projects and authored or co-authored more than 460 papers in journals and conference proceedings.

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President Karbhari and UTA in the News

Strategic plan update

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

About 60 faculty members from across the UTA campus attended the first of a series of symposiums aimed at determining the progress the University has made in its strategic plan themes, Targeted News Service reported. The next syposium, focused on global environmental impact, starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Commons.

Answering workforce needs

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Preparing college students to become highly skilled professionals and answer the needs of a changing workforce are demands that UTA faces now and in the future, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari wrote in a TribTalk op-ed. TribTalk is a publication of The Texas Tribune. Karbhari said that vision requires increased options for Texans of all backgrounds and at any stage of life.

Tier One march

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Texas cannot slow down now as more universities, including UTA, head toward Tier One status, an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News said. The column said that as a result of faculty and research achievements, The University of Texas at Arlington is approaching National Research University Fund eligibility. Dan Branch, former state representative and chair of the House Higher Education Committee, wrote the op-ed.

President's testimony

Monday, February 18, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari testified before the state House and Senate appropriations committees about the University’s capital spending request to replace a building that houses the School of Social Work, the Austin American-Statesman reported in a story recapping early testimony from university officials from across the state.

Tier 1 benchmark

Friday, February 15, 2019

UTA has reached another benchmark toward becoming a Tier 1 research university with Dereje Agonafer, a UTA mechanical engineering professor, being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UTA must maintain the benchmarks for two years — then the University can have access to the state’s pool of dollars known as the National Research University Fund. UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said, “Number one, it provides us with the recognition close on the heels of UT Dallas. It also provides us additional funds to recruit top faculty and maintain the ones we have.”

Record-breaking enrollment

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

UTA’s Spring 2019 record-breaking enrollment is up about 3 percent when compared to Spring 2018 figures, KTVT CBS 11,, the Fort Worth Business Press, KLIF 570 AM and WBAP 820 AM reported.

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Bold Solutions | Global Impact

Strategic Plan 2020

By leveraging our expertise in improving health care, managing our natural resources, creating more livable communities, and harnessing the proliferation of data, the University is poised to help emerging megacities like the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex become sustainable economic and cultural centers that raise the prospects for prosperity and enhance quality of life.

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