Ohio State, Honda partnership marks two decades of success – The Ohio State University News

Leaders from The Ohio State University, Honda and state and local government are celebrating a historic milestone between the university and one of world’s most respected manufacturers.

A formal agreement cementing the Honda – Ohio State partnership was approved 20 years ago this week. The agreement was an evolution of both organizations’ involvement in the Transportation Research Center, Inc., (TRC) in East Liberty.

To celebrate the anniversary, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson joined leaders from Honda, the College of Engineering, TRC and One Columbus to discuss the benefits the agreement has had on the university, the company and region. A new report released this week helped quantify the impact of the relationship.

“A partnership is only great when everyone benefits, and everyone has benefited from this partnership,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted as he opened the discussion. “I want to congratulate Ohio State and Honda for the great partnership. You’ve shown how it can be done.”

Johnson said the agreement between Ohio State and Honda continues to benefit both organizations in several critical ways. She said collaboration in research, philanthropy and talent development are some of the many reasons for the continued success of the partnership.

“I’m excited about what the next 20 years is going to look like,” she said.

Over the life of the partnership, Honda has provided more than $28 million in research funding to Ohio State, some of which has helped to establish the Source…