The University of Houston and Texas Southern University are near-neighbors across Scott Street, but that hasn't always made them the best of friends. UH has had a (under-the-table, to be sure) tendency to look down on the chronically troubled, historically black school.
But these days, it's getting tougher and tougher to get research grants. And research is a big part of UH president Renu Khator's push to make her school a Tier One university.
So the two schools announced a Memorandum of Understanding today, saying they will cooperate on research and educational programs, and on getting grants -- some of which are targeted to historically black colleges.
"UH and TSU look forward to strengthening our existing partnership and looking for more collaborative opportunities," Don Birx, V-P for research at UH, said in a release. "With its HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) distinction, TSU can pursue research funding from special programs that might be strengthened by UH's expertise, so we look forward to finding new ways to work together."
"Federal agencies are looking for greater collaboration among institutions and disciplines to address the major research issues," said TSU's Sunny Ohia, V-P for academic affairs and research." This partnership will facilitate a new level of collaboration between our institutions."
The agreement, the schools said, calls for "complementary research for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. Students from both universities will be able to use all tools for research with no limitations."
Remember, though -- the Coogs can still kick the Tigers' asses on the court and football field.