Next Generation Program & Second Century Initiative (2CI)
The Next Generation Program follows the very successful Second Century Initiative (2CI), building strength around core and innovative research and scholarly themes that have strategic importance to the university. The interdisciplinary initiative continues to add new faculty strength to maintain our growing scholarly trajectory. We aim to recruit a diverse cadre of faculty to engage with our diverse community of students. 2CI and Next Gen have brought top-notch faculty in an collaborative environment that has built several leading interdisciplinary centers of research and scholarship that address pressing global problems, yield new discoveries, and take advantage of the technologies of the future. Some of these centers listed below were started in part by 2CI/Next Gen faculty, or were existing centers which were significantly strengthened by 2CI/Next Gen.
Creative Media Industries Institute
The Creative Media Industries Institute is an interdisciplinary institute introduced in fall 2014 to build on the university’s strengths in media production, research, design, the arts, music management and digital publishing by preparing students for careers that transcend traditional degree programs.
Urban Studies Institute
The creation of the Urban Studies Institute provides an exciting opportunity for a dedicated group of scholars, staff and students to build a new academic program with national and international visibility, and with social relevance to the local community. The Institute is housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, one of the leading public policy schools in the nation, with extensive research networks in Atlanta and cities around the world.