Under “Great Partners,” our 2016 strategic plan committed to:
- Building an engagement culture.
- Creating a powerful “Anteater-for-life” ethos that promotes ideal and sustained student and alumni participation.
- Becoming a stronger partner with community organizations.
- Partnering with Orange County to develop a national model for how to live responsibly and well in the 21st century.
- More broadly communicating and translating UCI’s discoveries and innovations.
Over the past seven years, we have strengthened our engagement with Anteater alumni and advanced our local, national, and global connections. Now under the umbrella of University Advancement and Alumni Relations, the UCI Alumni Association supports over 40 regional, affinity, academic, international, and industry chapters.
Faculty across the campus are engaging in translational research that benefits our community. The UCI Orange County Educational Advancement Network (UCI OCEAN) engages in actionable scholarship to positively impact academic outcomes in the diverse communities of Southern California. The campus is launching the Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees (LIFTED) program, which will enable the campus to extend educational opportunities to incarcerated students. The Program in Public Health conducts research in federally qualified health centers with the goal of scaling-up sustainable, equitable healthcare technologies. The interdisciplinary Solutions that Scale initiative strives to be a campus, regional, and global nexus for climate change solution activities. It aims to provide and create comprehensive solutions through three different arenas: education and research, public policy, and corporate/industry.
Through Beall Applied Innovation, UC Irvine is empowering innovators, entrepreneurs, faculty researchers and the community to create the ground-breaking ideas and businesses of tomorrow. To date, investments in—and returns from—campus-based startups have totaled over $34 billion and contributed $5.4 billion to the economy of Orange County.
UC Irvine has partnered with academic institutions around the world to enhance our research and teaching missions. Over the past seven years, over 20,000 joint publications have included collaborators outside of the U.S. In addition, each year, about 1,500 undergraduate students enhance their education through research or study outside of the U.S. These exchange programs change lives and deepen international understanding.
We remain committed to these ambitious goals.