University of South Florida preparing new college for AI, cybersecurity

The University of South Florida plans to launch a new AI and cyber college in the fall of 2025.
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The University of South Florida last month announced it’s preparing to launch a new college focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and computing in order to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for high-demand careers.

The university said in a press release that the new college will use its existing strengths and partnerships in the fields of AI and cybersecurity, including the work of more than 200 faculty members currently engaged in research in related disciplines. 

“As AI and cybersecurity quickly evolve, the demand for professionals skilled in these areas continues to grow, along with the need for more research to better understand how to utilize powerful new technologies in ways that improve our society,” USF President Rhea Law said in the release.  “Through the expertise of our faculty and our strong partnerships with the business community, the University of South Florida is strategically positioned to be a global leader in these fields.”  

The university plans to launch the new college in the fall of 2025, pending consultation with faculty and approval from the USF Board of Trustees. A task force, which includes faculty representation, has been convened to help steer the academic plan and other details for the college. 


“Establishing this college would align with USF’s strategic initiative to enhance academic and research excellence in key areas of societal need and opportunity,” Prasant Mohapatra, USF provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said in a statement. “By building on our multidisciplinary strengths, such as health, engineering, arts and humanities, and cybersecurity, we aim to support our strategic goals of advancing student success, promoting continuous professional growth, fostering industry, government and community partnerships, and propelling the university towards a top-25 ranking.”

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