The University of California San Diego has been named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, a designation that fewer than 60 universities nationwide have achieved.
Founded in 1887, the 237-member Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU, is North America’s oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada and Mexico. Created by the APLU’s Commission on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Program recognizes universities that are leaders in spurring regional economic development.
“We are especially proud of this designation because UC San Diego is committed to building shared economic and social prosperity within the San Diego region,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Our mission of education, research and service is strongly tied to our region’s success. We look beyond today’s challenges to innovate, collaborate, and create tomorrow’s solutions.”
The recognition is the result of a nearly year-long process that convened economic engagement experts from across the La Jolla campus. Together, the group gauged contributions to the regional economy, ranging from startup creation to job growth, and community health clinics to millions of dollars in procurement from small businesses based in San Diego County.