Breaking New Ground
When we collectively created our first-ever Strategic Plan five years ago, we asked ourselves how we could define the future of UC San Diego and what it means to be a public research university. We knew that our student enrollment would continue to grow. We knew that the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley would arrive at our campus’s doorstep in 2021. And we knew it was time to update our Long Range Development Plan. Taking these converging factors and the input of thousands into consideration, it was clear that UC San Diego was ready for a major transformation, focused on being a live, learn and play campus that puts students first and provides opportunities for all.
A fundamental component of our intellectual, physical and cultural transformation is the recent groundbreaking for the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood—the new home of UC San Diego’s Sixth College—which you can read about in this issue. This new vibrant community will provide much-needed student housing and classrooms, new academic buildings to support the arts and humanities and social sciences, a revitalized Craft Center, retail stores and restaurants. With its mixed-use facilities, this neighborhood is more than just brick and mortar; it is designed to promote interaction and engagement and enliven our campus.
This project fulfills many of our strategic goals, especially enhancing the student experience. We are creating a university that is primarily residential, more connected and a destination for our community. We are sparking synergies, inspiring minds and uniting people. We are building on our strong foundation of excellence to ensure a bright future for UC San Diego.
With kind regards,
Pradeep K. Khosla