January 23rd, 2015 @ 8:00 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
On January 16, I had the chance to host a half-day conference titled, “Reimagining the Future of Innovation: Building Effective Collaborations Among Government, Universities and Industry” here on the UC Davis campus.
Three members of Congress—Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove; John Garamendi, D- Walnut Grove; and Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento—spoke at the event, which sought to answer the question of how to create new procedures, new rules and new institutions that facilitate productive collaborations while retaining the identities of the university, the business firm and the government agency.
Never before have universities held such great potential for making an impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities of the 21st century will be defined by the impact they make, not only in educating our students but also in finding solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Which is why building robust, lasting collaborations among universities, government and industry is so important. To cite just one potent example, thanks to partnerships between universities such as UC Davis, government and state agricultural producers, California has become a $45 billion-a year-industry and has been the largest agricultural producer in the nation for more than five decades. And the solutions we’ve developed here have spread across the country and the world, helping to feed and nourish countless millions.
The recent partnership we announced between the World Food Center at UC Davis and Mars, Incorporated to create a new Innovation Institute for Food and Health on our campus is another promising collaboration.
Universities, government and industry working together have great potential to accomplish much more than would be possible if they only worked alone. I look forward to even stronger collaborations in the future.