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Forging international ties to tackle global issues

Jul 26, 2017

What if you could tackle malaria by immunizing the mosquito? Or monitor health via a small wireless “tattoo” on the skin? And what if robots could become the next generation of caretakers for the elderly population?

The University of California San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library.

At the University of California San Diego, improbable ideas like these become a reality. Faculty, students and researchers are driven by a spirit of bold experimentation, determined to spark truly groundbreaking change that will benefit people across the globe — from social injustice to health care and climate change.

Established in 1960, UC San Diego is a public research university that has been shaped by scholars who aren’t afraid to make waves. The campus is consistently ranked among the top-10 best universities in the U.S. and top 15 in the world for research, teaching and public service.

Positioned in the heart of one of the most vibrant innovation hubs in the U.S., UC San Diego serves as a major catalyst for local and international partnerships. In 2016, the UC San Diego School of Medicine teamed up with the Chiba University School of Medicine to launch a new research center that will focus on vaccine development, infectious diseases and more.

“The challenges we face as a global society are increasingly complex and need to be addressed collectively through the collaboration of nations, industries and disciplines,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

Last summer, UC San Diego opened an office in Tokyo to better connect the life science clusters in the two cities, both known for leading innovation. The space serves as a place for interaction, exchange and collaboration with Japanese partners.

“We are committed to strengthening our global partnerships in academia, research and business to advance the frontiers of knowledge in order to benefit our planet and humankind,” said Khosla.

Southern California 2017 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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