At UC San Diego, we are transforming our university so we can transform our world. The changes we are making are strategic, designed to foster a more connected campus and increase our positive impact on our local and global communities.
Our transformation is physical, intellectual and cultural. In addition to constructing new buildings and preparing for the arrival of the UC San Diego Blue Line trolley in 2021, we are establishing innovative interdisciplinary research centers—like the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society and the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science—which are tackling some of the most pressing and complex societal challenges, including human health and personalized medicine.
We are taking a fresh look at our undergraduate education curriculum to ensure that we are providing our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful, and we are continuing our nontradition of being an experimental and futuristic campus. We are beginning the visioning process for the creation of a new Seventh College, and possible Eighth College, so we can continue to provide our growing student body with a small college experience within the larger university setting.
UC San Diego also recently accepted an invitation to join the Big West Conference, paving the way for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I reclassification. This move will significantly increase UC San Diego’s visibility, enhance our sense of community and heighten our school pride and unity.
All of these changes advance our Strategic Plan goals and the three pillars of the Campaign for UC San Diego: enhance the student experience, spark research and innovation, and create a living and learning infrastructure. Through our transformation, we are creating opportunities for our campus members so they can continue to make our world a better place by pushing the frontiers of knowledge and making lifesaving discoveries that enrich the lives of people around the world.
I look forward to working together with you as we continue to plan for our future and redefine what it means to be a world-class public research university.
With kind regards,
Pradeep K. Khosla