University of California San Diego


The University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) is a top fifteen global research institution located in Southern California. The university boasts six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools. The focus on research has allowed the university to become one of the world’s leading public academic institutions with their impressive range of scholars leading the way in medical, scientific, and technological breakthroughs.

The university strives to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented institution with a commitment to providing the most fulfilling experience possible to each and every student. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla spearheaded a comprehensive strategic planning initiative to provide a future vision for the school, which culminated in an ambitious strategic plan that outlines five goals, four values, and 13 specific strategies to realize the institution’s future vision. For more information on the strategic plan, read the executive summary or visit the UC San Diego website.

UC San Diego is the GFCC’s first academic partner in the new University and Research Leadership Forum. The Forum will serve as a living think-tank for identification and discussion of trends in and the generation of ideas for optimizing education and research enterprises. By engaging academic stakeholders, the initiative will better identify the contributions made by universities and academic institutions in innovation and competitiveness, facilitate new partnerships and collaboration among the GFCC network, and provide visibility to new advances from relevant partners.

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Dr. Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor of UC San Diego, is Chair of the University and Research Leadership Forum.

Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla

Pradeep K. Khosla, an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, is the eighth Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, and a Distinguished Professor.  At UC San Diego, he initiated and led a comprehensive, all-inclusive strategic planning process to unify the campus and define UC San Diego’s future.  The initiative resulted in a Strategic Plan that outlines five overarching goals, four grand research themes, and 13 strategies to fulfill our sharpened mission and vision as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.

Before his current appointment, Khosla served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he set the strategic direction for undergraduate and graduate education and research, and initiated undergraduate curriculum reform, successful diversity efforts, multidisciplinary research centers and graduate offerings, and international programs. Khosla spent the majority of his career at Carnegie Mellon, rising through the ranks from his first position as Assistant Professor in 1986 to his appointment as Dean in 2004. From 1994 to 1996, he also served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager in the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office, Defense Sciences Office and Tactical Technology Office, where he managed advanced research and development programs.

Khosla received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur in 1980, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering in 1984 and 1986 at Carnegie Mellon. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate of science from the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur.