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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Florida Polytechnic University will soon open as Florida's 12th state university and will be the only one dedicated almost exclusively to producing science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

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With trappings that include a $60 million Innovation, Science and Technology building designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is the perfect symbol of a university built with the Silicon Valley-type industry in mind.

The opening will put an end to nearly three years of political squabbling that culminated with its separation from the University of South Florida in 2012.

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It also clears the way for its lofty goal of drawing industry to Florida's technology core through research and business partnerships including Microsoft, Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation.

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