University of California, San Diego

United States


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 University and Research Leadership Forum.


Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor

Pradeep K. Khosla, UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor, is an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer recognized for his seminal contributions in secure software, intelligent robot systems and design.  He provides vision and strategy for the university, leading a campus with more than 35,000 students, six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, five graduate and professional schools, a preeminent Health System and the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dr. Khosla has positioned UC San Diego to define the future of the public research university by activating the institution’s first-ever Strategic Plan and launching the Campaign for UC San Diego—an ambitious and bold $2 billion endeavor—aimed at transforming the university, physically and intellectually. Dr. Khosla has expanded college access and affordability for underserved populations, initiated campus-wide interdisciplinary research initiatives to foster collaboration and solve societal challenges, and strengthened university and community relationships and partnerships to drive regional impact. Dr. Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Several awards have recognized his leadership in education and research: the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for Education, the W. Wallace McDowell award from IEEE Computer Society, and the ASME Computers in Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.