Spurring Global Innovation

Roberto Alvarez, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils; Chad Evans, Council on Competitiveness; Deborah-Wince Smith, Council on Competitiveness; Chancellor Khosla; Gianna Sagazio, CNI-Brazilian National Industry Confederation; James Milliken, The City University of New York; Cândida Oliveira, CNI-Brazilian National Industry Confederation

The 4th U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summit is uniting 100 innovation leaders from the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere on our campus today.  The goal of the summit is to discuss solutions to shared global challenges—such as feeding and fueling the world—and to build new partnerships that explore opportunities for greater innovation at the intersections of disciplines.  San Diego was selected as the host city for the summit because it’s a hub of innovation with a high-tech and bio-tech economy, similar to Brazil.  During opening remarks, Chancellor Khosla explained that UC San Diego is the ideal location for the summit because innovations from the university and other research institutes on the Torrey Pines Mesa helped catalyze much of the high-tech and biotech industry in the San Diego region.

The summit is being hosted by UC San Diego, the Council on Competitiveness, the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry and Brazil’s Entrepreneurial Mobilization for Innovation.

Welcoming UC San Diego’s New Graduate Students

Be on the lookout for opportunities and seize them.  Take chances and stretch your mind.  Work collaboratively and get to know people outside of your discipline.  Chancellor Khosla shared these pieces of advice to UC San Diego’s largest incoming class of graduate students—more than 2,300—at the orientation session this morning.  He also talked about the physical and intellectual transformation of the campus that is enhancing the student experience—from adding more campus housing, amenities and degree programs, to the construction of the Gilman Bridge that will connect our east and west campus, enabling better access and mobility. 

Other speakers included AVC of EDI Diane Forbes Berthoud and GSA President Mark Derdzinski.

Welcoming UC San Diego’s New Executive Vice Chancellor

Chancellor Khosla with EVC Elizabeth Simmons

A special reception was held at the Faculty Club yesterday to welcome UC San Diego’s new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Simmons.  Chancellor Khosla noted she brings a wealth of great leadership and administrative experience to our campus—ranging from curriculum development and assessment, to academic advising and student and faculty recruitment and retention—in addition to being a widely respected and highly distinguished physicist.  She also has a strong track record of enhancing and promoting diversity.  Learn more about EVC Simmons.

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