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The Research Triangle is one of the nation's hubs of research, technology and medicine. With three renowned research universities, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, the area helped spawn the growth of the Research Triangle Park. The region boasts a vibrant intellectual climate with a core of highly-skilled workers and educators. The triangle's universities are instrumental in some of the nation's cutting edge research in medicine, science and technology.