Harvey Najim Donates $2 Million to Expand Experiential Learning on UTSA Downtown Campus | UTSA Today | UTSA

A long-term goal of the Najim Center’s expansion is for at least half of the students at Carlos Alvarez College of Business to enroll in the center’s programs. These opportunities provide students with a greater awareness of how classroom learning can be applied to the real world through experiential learning to support their transition into life after college and into the workforce.

“I love helping students. My main goal is to ensure that more of these young people graduate and when they do, are ready to enter the workforce,” said Najim. “I want them to have confidence in their abilities when they get their first jobs. I firmly believe that this is critical to their success and, in turn, to the success of San Antonio’s economic development.”

Najim founded Sirius Computer Solutions, formerly known as Star Data Systems, in 1980 and is now the company’s Chairman Emeritus. In 2006 he founded the Harvey E. Najim Charitable Foundation. The organization supports various public charities that promote children’s education, medical treatment for children, medical research for diseases and diseases affecting children, and other charitable causes for children.

Although Najim did not attend UTSA, he was so attracted to the university and its growth over the years that he adopted the school as his alma mater. Najim was a 2016 Frost Lecturer at UTSA. That same year, he established the Najim Pathways Scholarship at Alamo Colleges with additional donations to UTSA, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and UT Health San Antonio. The scholarship supports career changers.

In 2019, Najim became a member of the Campaign Leadership Council after learning about the university’s Classroom to Career initiative. The purpose of the initiative – to develop an integrated, campus-wide framework for identifying, connecting and aligning existing experiential learning programs and pursuing partnerships that could result in new or expanded programs – served as a great inspiration for Najim. With his own goals and passion to help students align with UTSA’s vision, Najim saw founding his center as a natural step for him to get involved in furthering UTSA’s mission. Najim calls his association with the university “a marriage made in heaven.”

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“UTSA has been privileged to work with Harvey Najim over the years. It is incredible to see this project expanding over time and now reaching two of our campuses,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “We are forever grateful for his generosity and continued commitment to educating and mentoring our students so they can thrive in their careers and lives, and ultimately create positive change in the San Antonio workforce.”

As an important part of UTSA’s Classroom-to-Career initiative, the Najim Center provides important experiential learning opportunities for UTSA students, enabling them to have direct experience of issues and challenges affecting their communities, and providing them with transferable skills through impactful programs and projects . Najim’s latest gift allows the center to continue expanding its innovative, career-focused program, particularly at the intersection of business, data and computing and information technology, which is the focus of the new San Pedro buildings.

“The Najim Center has been at the heart of UTSA’s Classroom to Career initiative,” said UTSA Provost and senior vice president of academic affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy. “The innovative, team-based, career-oriented activities and programs the center offers prepare students for the world of work, giving them an advantage in the job market and a head start on their bold future. I am grateful to Harvey Najim for this transformative gift that will benefit countless students and advance UTSA as a leading public research university.”

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