University of Nebraska at Omaha

Year of foundation: 1908
Approx. number of students: 15,000
Period of study: End August - Mid December; Early January - Early May
MCI partner since: 2006

The City

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska. According to the 2008 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, Omaha's population was 432,921.
Omaha's pioneer period began in 1854 when the city was founded by speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. During the 19th century, Omaha's central location in the United States caused the city to become an important national transportation hub.
In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, and its meatpacking plants, gained international prominence. Today, the city is the home to five Fortune 500 companies: ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Corporation, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc., Mutual of Omaha Companies, and Berkshire Hathaway, the company headed by legendary investor and so-called Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, the richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine in 2008.

The University

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is the Omaha campus of the University of Nebraska system. The institution has a strong tradition of serving commuter students from within Omaha, but in recent years has developed student housing to better serve students from Nebraska, the United States, and the world for whom the commute is not convenient.

UNO is the home of the Peter Kiewit Institute a $70 million state-of-the art computer science facility and engineering facility, making it one of the premier computer science, management information systems and bioinformatics programs in the region.