Nursing school graduates will soon have the chance to start their career in the technology industry after a new partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and the Penn State University was announced.

The two universities announced on Monday that the Pittsburgh campus will be home to a technology accelerator, a robotics training centre and an incubator to develop new ideas for the future of healthcare.

“Our partnership with Penn State is a unique opportunity to connect with and support young students in our growing technology sector,” said the University’s Dr. Joseph Giammaria, director of the Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh College of Nursing.

Pittsburgh has a thriving tech sector and is a leader in the US healthcare industry, having recently become the second largest employer of people with advanced degrees in the state with 3,500 graduates.

With the new partnership, the University is set to become the first US university to launch its own accelerator and incubator program.

It will focus on developing and nurturing talent, said Dr. Michael O’Brien, the new president of the University.

Penn State’s technology accelerator will focus its efforts on cutting-edge technologies and technology platforms for the healthcare sector, with the goal of launching the next generation of technology companies, he said.

More: The university is also developing a robotics and innovation centre, a cybersecurity centre, an information technology research and development centre and a new cybersecurity research institute.

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