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Celebrating Our Impact

Redefining the Future of Work

Founded in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University has utilized hands-on education and collaboration across disciplines to prepare students to become future professionals and improve lives around the world. Our distinctive and award-winning, 21st-century curriculum empowers us to continue to be an innovative force in higher education as we create our third century.

2/8 Training for Tomorrow

As education entrepreneurs, we develop truly novel, professional curricula that meet the demands of our community, healthcare systems and graduates well into the future. Under the leadership of University Interim President Dr. Susan Aldridge — an accomplished higher education leader, strategist and futurist — we're focused on preparing our students for the future of work by aligning our academic programs with urgent industry and human capital needs.

Bringing Two Campuses Together

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University at dusk with the Jefferson Center City Campus in the foreground.
Several students walk on the sidewalk through a grassy lawn in front of a gray building labeled the Lawrence N. Field DEC Center.
Thomas Jefferson University revolutionized health sciences for almost two centuries at its Center City campus (left), while Philadelphia University focused on fashion, graphic design and architecture in East Falls (right) for nearly the same amount of time.

3/8 Collaborating to Improve Quality of Life

Interdisciplinary education empowers students to think outside the box and work together to create solutions to life’s challenges. Jefferson students get hands-on experience completing work that improves lives, and they carry that compassion and drive into meaningful careers that make the world better for everyone.

For an industrial designer, it brings a higher level of awareness of the incredible number of people who try to improve the human condition. Designers tend to solve problems, but now they’re solving problems with other concepts.

Michael Leonard Academic Dean, School of Design & Engineering

A lifelong education is more than just a diploma on a piece of paper; it’s helping the students go into a field and create something that they’re passionate about and want to continue with for the rest of their life.

A group of Health Design Lab participants pose with members of the Bressler Group, a design firm that specializes in medical devices, during a public prototype pitch event.

JeffSolves MedTech Program

The annual JeffSolves MedTech program pairs up second-year medical and industrial design students to utilize design thinking principles to create medical devices that solve healthcare challenges. The student teams collaborate with faculty and Jefferson Health leaders for up to a year to connect with patients and clinicians to understand their needs and meet them with empathy and efficiency. Each team creates a physical prototype that’s used in a pitch presentation as well as a clinical study.

Learn more about JeffSolves

4/8 Trailblazers

Jefferson students prepare for the future by honing their skills and applying them to their fields even before graduation. This experiential learning approach empowers students to forge new paths and innovate within their industries by connecting with their communities and environments to identify and fulfill unmet needs.

We used to go to higher ed and we learned in order to do something, and we did that thing for 30 or 40 years. Now, we’re going to do in order to learn.

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    An overhead view of various dyes, colorful yarns/thread and black and white embroidered fabrics sitting on a white surface.

    A Sustainable Approach to Textiles

    Sivan Ilan, ’19 - M.S. in textile design, began using remediated yarn — made by naturally removing synthetic dyes on existing yarn — while in graduate school at Jefferson. Inspired by reducing demand for synthetics and utilizing the power of organisms in more creative applications, she continues to design sustainable, responsible textiles as a forward-thinking fashion designer and textile artist.

    More about Sivan

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    Liana Richardson sits on a couch smiling at the camera while holding a magazine depicting American Girl doll Courtney Moore on the cover.

    Designing Dolls for Youth Development

    Liana Richardson, ’17 - Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce, is helping close the technology gender gap as the leader of the design team for American Girl doll Courtney Moore, which was launched in partnership with nonprofit Girls Who Code to bolster girls’ interest in computer science or related fields.

    More about Laina

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    A black-and-white headshot of Michael Natter wearing a white coat with his name on it while a colorful drawing of himself in scrubs is perched on his right shoulder.

    The Art of Medicine

    Artist-physician Michael Natter, ’17 - Sidney Kimmel Medical College, illustrated his medical school class notes as full-fledged educational drawings with a sense of humor. He gained a social media following by posting his creations, which medical students credited for helping them pass their exams. He continues to educate as a clinical assistant professor and international speaker.

    More about Michael

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    A black-and-white photo of Eli Tuttle smiling at the camera while wearing a hat and sunglasses as he leans forward on a table outside.

    Architecting Video Game Environments

    Before Eli Tuttle ’06, became a senior environment artist for Sledgehammer Games, he was studying architecture at Jefferson. He recalls the camaraderie and growth he experienced as a student in the studio as a special time in his life. Today, he puts his architecture skills to work designing virtual worlds for major video games like the Call of Duty series.

    More about Eli

The Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing building

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) The First and Only

specialized training and education institute for biopharmaceutical processing in North America to combine the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) curriculum with single-use processing equipment.

Mary Lynne Bercik, ’90 - Fashion design Training Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

Mary Lynne Bercik helped found the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB), a specialized, hands-on education and training facility that offers workshops and certificates in biopharmaceutical processing. Meeting Dominic Carolan, CEO of gold standard NIBRT — a biopharmaceutical manufacturing research and training center in Dublin, Ireland — Mary was inspired to open a similar facility in the United States.

5/8 Making Space for the Under-represented

Empathy, purpose and passion are at the heart of the Jefferson community, which is why we strive to create a welcoming, inclusive environment from our campuses to our healthcare facilities.

The spirit of Nexus Learning is one of inclusion, of minds with different perspectives coming together and sharing their insights and knowledge to create a new paradigm of what’s possible not just for them as students and professionals, but for those they serve. Everyone matters, everyone belongs and everyone deserves a seat at the table. We’re designing that seat now.

Did You Know? 1 in 44

children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. How can we create inclusive spaces for these patients?

I would love to create a more inclusive environment at the end of this. This is a very interesting project to think about from the perspective of universal design. It’s thinking about not just the typical everyday person, but really considering other people that don’t fit into specific molds. Everyone benefits from it.

Making Space Listen In

Learn more about the programs and people designing furniture for neurodiverse patients.

The Nexus Podcast

Across campuses and disciplines, the students, faculty, alumni, staff and community members that make up the Jefferson universe are all bound together by empathy and the inherent need to do good in this world.

Matt Dane Baker, D.H.Sc., Provost Paraphrased thoughts on Purpose & Passion

6/8 Breaking the Mold for the Next Generation

With more than 200 years in existence, the Jefferson community has what it takes to evolve and thrive through changing times. We look to the future and prepare today’s students to be leaders of tomorrow in everything that we do. From adapting to designing for clients during the pandemic to challenging stereotypes and conducting groundbreaking studies on the rapidly expanding hemp and cannabis markets, Jefferson remains on the cutting edge of research and programs that empower students to forge their own paths and become pioneers of their field. 

We’re developing the future fashion leaders who are innovative and forward thinking. They will change the game. Our program has been built on a willingness to explore fashion beyond just making clothes. How can we incorporate fashion and technology?

Pieces of a cannabis plant sit on a shiny black surface with glass beakers full of green liquid in the background.

Did You Know? $169 billion+

Cannabis global market estimated growth, from $28.266 billion in 2021 to $197.74 billion in 2028.

Some people also think because hemp is an agricultural product being processed that it’s somehow a ‘dirty job.’ This is modern manufacturing at its best.

Dr. Ron Kander Dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce

The demand is driving the need to consistently innovate and create better supply, from a seed in the ground, to a brick-and-mortar building. How can we do this more efficiently, effectively and reliably…we cover every avenue of the cannabis industry to prepare that next generation of the workforce.

Creating Tomorrow Pursuit of the Future of Work

Today, Jefferson has garnered national and international recognition, and stands as a window into what education will look like in the future. Our curriculum and approach to education continue to prioritize hands-on learning to provide students with a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing world of tomorrow. Roughly 96% of our undergraduates secure jobs or go on to graduate school.