KATY/HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - The new University of Houston campus in Katy opened to students in August, but the official ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon. 

UH associate Vice President Jay Neal is the chief operating officer of the Katy campus and he appreciates the natural light that the building allows to stream into many of the classrooms. He's also pleased that UH has purchased enough land for future expansion.

“We also own approximately 45 acres around us so the plan is to really make a permanent home and an instruction site that really has a big impact for the Katy region," Neal said. 

UH president Renu Khator was there to speak and cut the ribbon with Neal.

More than 150 guests joined officials from the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria for the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Katy Academic Building.  The new three-story, 80,000-square-foot building will be a shared space for the two sister institutes.

Houston Community College will soon offer its classes next door when it builds a new Katy campus.

“In addition, our neighbors, H-C-C bought the property across the street from us," Neal said. 

H-C-C students can earn an associates degree and then transfer their credits to the University of Houston. 

“I want to thank you all for your friendship, trust and belief that one short year after groundbreaking, students would be here studying business, education, nursing, engineering and more, preparing to become the next generation of professionals for this area,” Neal, said.

The University of Houston-Victoria is offering graduate and undergraduate programs in business, education and liberal arts. The University of Houston at Katy is offering graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing and engineering. 

“Here in Katy a need for higher education was expressed by the leaders of the community and the UH System brought together our two sister institutions to make sure all of those needs are met,” said UHV President Robert “Bob” Glenn. “Our two institutions bring great strengths to the region. Together we can do so much more than we ever could do separately, precisely because of the synergy between our two institutions.”

Among the guests attending the event were Katy Mayor Bill Hastings, Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George, Congressman Pete Olson and State Rep. Gina Calanni.

Construction began in May 2018. 

The Katy Academic Building is located off the Grand Parkway, north of I-10. 

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