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It Starts Here: UC at the Frontier
When it first opened its doors in 1869, the University
of California had just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today,
the UC system includes more than 220,000 students and more than 170,000 faculty
and staff, with more than 1.5 million alumni living and working
around the world.
From its inception 20 years after the California
Gold Rush, UC faculty and students have looked to cross the horizons
of what we know about our selves and our world, and what we can
do in it. That was the vision of the pioneers living at the farthest
frontiers of the American continent when they created a University
for the Golden State. As we chart our course through the 21st century,
the University of California is still at the frontier.
UC researchers are pioneers in agriculture, medicine,
technology and the environment. Thousands of California jobs, billions
of dollars in revenues, and countless everyday household items –
from more plentiful fruits and vegetables to compact fluorescent
light bulbs – can be traced back to UC discoveries. Similarly,
many of the state’s leading businesses have connections to
UC. Those companies were either based on technology developed by
the university, were founded by our faculty or alumni, or are headed
by UC graduates.
UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine,
Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and
Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational
and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits
and services that touch the lives of Californians every day. more…
Besides world-class classrooms and labs, UC has
dozens of museums, concert halls, art galleries, botanical gardens,
observatories and marine centers – academic resources but
also exciting gathering places for the community. Another half million
people benefit from UC Extension’s continuing education courses
and from Cooperative Extension’s agricultural advice and educational
programs located throughout the state.
UC also manages three U.S. Department of Energy
national laboratories. The Lawrence Berkeley laboratory was founded
on the Berkeley campus in 1931 as an interdisciplinary research
center. Some years later, the Livermore and Los Alamos laboratories
were established to serve U.S. defense needs; they continue today
in new aspects of that mission, including response to terrorism
and homeland defense. With nearly 19,000 employees, the three labs
have become unparalleled research and development centers whose
programs and activities address national interests and concerns
in areas such as energy, environment, and health. more...
UC’s five medical centers support the clinical
teaching programs of the University's medical and health sciences
schools and handle more than three million patient visits each year.
The medical centers provide a full range of health care services
in their communities and are sites for the development and testing
of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Collectively, these
centers comprise one of the largest health care systems in California.
UC is also actively involved in locations beyond
its campuses, national labs and medical centers — in places
throughout California, around the world and online. More
The University of California is part of your life,
every day. From health care
to our children’s schools
to our communities to the
economy to the environment,
UC is at the frontiers of our future.
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