URC's 50th Anniversary

Founded in 1965, University Research Co., LLC was born in the midst of a time of great political and social change.

From its beginning, URC combined the idealism of the era and the rigor of academic research with the pragmatism necessary to achieve results in the real world. Our three founders—two of them university professors—brought together talented people from the academic and scientific communities to address the challenges of the age.

URC got its start providing education and training services across the US. From Head Start teachers to the drug and alcohol addicted, we designed our programs to meet the needs of a diverse body of trainees and the communities in which they lived.

In 1968, URC founded the Center for Human Services, our non-profit affiliate, in order to broaden the range of opportunities available to reach and serve the communities in which we worked.

Building on our domestic experience, URC began its international work with a project in Tunisia in 1980. From there the company grew quickly. By the end of 1985, we were working in more than 30 countries across the world.

Today, URC is well-established as an influential leader in global development. In over 40 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia and here in the United States, URC is improving the quality and impact of social services and systems, focusing on important areas such education; malaria; maternal, neonatal, and child health care; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; and food and nutrition support.

More than just what we do, though, URC has become known for how we do it. Our focus on quality improvement, health system strengthening, research and evaluation, and health communication and behavior change allow us to tackle a wide range of issues with an emphasis on designing and implementing evidence-based solutions.

As we look to the future, we are using our decades of experience to put our approaches at the forefront of key social service issues, while broadening and deepening our technical and geographic reach.

By remaining true to our mission to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide, URC is poised to improve the well-being of families and their communities for next 50 years, and beyond.

See what URC staff imagines for the next 50 years!