Providing More Housing for Students

Kit Pogliano, Chancellor Khosla, Mark Cunningham, Mark Derdzinski

The first phase of UC San Diego’s new Mesa Nueva Housing project is now open and students are already moving in.  Yesterday, Chancellor Khosla joined Dean of the Graduate Division Kit Pogliano, Graduate Student Association President Mark Derdzinski and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining and Hospitality Mark Cunningham to celebrate the new graduate and professional student community.  The Chancellor talked about the importance of adding housing to enhance the student experience, build a sense of community and provide a four-year housing guarantee, which will help to recruit and retain the best students.  He also emphasized Mesa Nueva Housing is part of our overall efforts to transform our campus, physically and intellectually.  

Once the entire project is complete, Mesa Nueva will house nearly 5,000 graduate students.  Additionally, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, which will break ground in the coming months and be the new home for Sixth College, will add 2,000 beds for undergraduates.

After the ribbon-cutting, more than 1,200 students gathered on the rooftop lounge to get to know each other and enjoy live music and entertainment.

Welcoming New Tritons

“You have the potential to change the world.” – Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego’s Welcome Week is fostering Triton Spirit for our new and returning students.  The week includes events like the New Student Welcome Convocation and Dinner, Triton Power Hour and the UnOlympics.  Last night at Convocation, Chancellor Khosla talked about UC San Diego’s efforts to enhance the student experience—including adding more housing, degree programs and amenities—and encouraged students to seize opportunities while on campus.  He told the students they are only limited by their imaginations and urged them to blaze their own trails.    

Designing the Future of Transportation and Mobility

Steven Dow, Don Norman, Pradeep K. Khosla, Kevin Faulconer

UC San Diego is leading the launch of a city-wide civic design challenge to get citizens involved in solving our region’s mobility and transportation challenges.  Chancellor Khosla joined San Diego City Mayor Kevin Faulconer, as well as Don Norman and Steven Dow from the UC San Diego Design Lab, to announce “Design for San Diego” yesterday at the Downtown Works building.  The challenge seeks to harness the power of crowdsourcing and human-centered design to address concerns with transportation and mobility in San Diego.  At the launch event, Chancellor Khosla talked about the importance of multi-disciplinary and multi-industry collaboration in solving today’s increasingly complex societal challenges.  He also emphasized UC San Diego’s commitment to public service and enriching our community as part of our university’s mission.

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