May 28th, 2015 @ 10:00 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
If you’ve heard about our new partnership with Chile in the UC Davis-Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center, you might be wondering why we’ve dedicated resources to a new facility located in South America when there is always so much to be done right here in California.
The simple answer is that in a modern globalized economy and culture, strategic international partnerships allow us to make positive impacts not only abroad, but also home.
Chile and California share essential environmental characteristics, which is partly why UC Davis has enjoyed a long-standing research relationship with Chile. These regions complement each other well being in opposite hemispheres, allowing produce from one to supplement the other during the offseason.
This is a true partnership, with research sites split evenly between California and Chile. Students and faculty from both partners will travel between UC Davis and Chile frequently, allowing both sides to benefit directly from this diversity in ideas. Operating in Chile is also beneficial due to policy and infrastructure that allows us to conduct more research in shorter time frames.
This collaboration also benefits California financially. Recognizing its growing prosperity, Chile will fund more than half of the costs associated with the Life Sciences Innovation Center. The Center will develop cutting-edge agricultural technologies such as genomic techniques and mitigation of climate change that will assist business in California as well as other parts of the world. This collaboration also provides an opportunity for California firms to introduce products to new markets in Chile.
The fundamental reality is that promoting an active global perspective among students, faculty, and researchers is absolutely essential to any modern university. Relationships like these give students the tools they need to become contributing world citizens, and lay the foundations for international collaboration to address the greatest challenges of our age.