September 30th, 2015 @ 12:01 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
UC Davis is flourishing thanks in large part to the partnerships we’re forming across California and around the globe. Now, we are exploring ways to deepen our relationship with a place very close and important to us – our state’s capital.
UC Davis is uniquely positioned to be a valuable partner for Sacramento and the state government. Here at the nexus of water, food, and health, we hope to build a research center that will bring together people and knowledge to address the most pressing challenges of our time. We also want to provide state government with greater access to our experts on these and other topics vital to California and its future.
The truth is that UC Davis does not belong to Davis alone. Our university serves the entire region, and it is essential to the future of UC Davis and Sacramento that the state’s capital city sees UC Davis as a vital part of its own community and future. We have not been as visible or engaged in Sacramento as we need to and creating this enhanced partnership is at the core of our mission to become the university of the 21st century. To become integrated across our communities, to achieve a truly global impact, we must bring a sense of ownership and visibility for UC Davis to the entire capital region.
This is an important move for Sacramento, as well. UC Davis has many corporate and international partnerships, which will act as an open door for Sacramento to play a bigger role in the global economy, especially in the areas of food and technological innovation when it comes to agriculture and environmental sustainability.
California is taking a global leadership role in policy and innovation around food, sustainability, health and more, and UC Davis is stepping to the forefront in helping to bridge the public and private sectors that will lay the foundation for an even bigger and more important worldwide impact. It’s a bigger role that will benefit our university and its students and faculty, as well as California, the nation and the world.