Fourteen months ago, Microsoft founder Bill Gates visited the University of Texas to encourage students to pursue studies in computer science and related fields. Now, the university is announcing April 17 that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to reinforce that message with a $30 million grant for a computer science complex planned for the heart of campus, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The donation is a so-called challenge grant, to be paid as the university raises $60 million it still needs to build the $120 million complex. Besides the Gates grant, UT has secured a previously announced commitment of $10 million from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, as well as $20 million from the state’s Permanent University Fund. "This investment will advance the university’s computer science program and help prepare future generations of innovative leaders," said Gates, co-chair of the foundation. "We believe it will also complement our foundation’s wider goal, to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, and then the number of students who graduate from college." The 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art complex, to be known as the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, will allow the department to expand its research and teaching, said J. Strother Moore, professor and chairman…

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