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an initiative, says Chancellor Carnesale, is an essential component
of UCLA's multipronged effort to maintain its momentum as an intellectual
engine that helps, among other things, to drive the economy of California,
lead the way toward advances in health care and initiate improvements
to K-12 education. The announcement by UCLA was met with enthusiasm
from many who see the initiative as a major step to support the
university's ability to compete on a more level playing field for
topflight students and faculty, and to maintain its place as an
outstanding center of excellence so necessary to the societal and
economic health and well-being of California. "By performing
cutting-edge research and by training the future leaders of our
industries, UCLA and the state's public research universities form
a pillar of California's economic prosperity," says Henry Samueli
'75, M.S. '76, Ph.D. '80, co-founder and chairman of Irvine, Calif.-based
Broadcom Corp. "Preserving UCLA's strength and enhancing its
ability to compete is imperative to the economic future of California."
Here, Chancellor Carnesale talks with UCLA Magazine about
the challenges and UCLA's response to them.
Q: Why are measures such as this
new initiative necessary at this time?
A: UCLA is an outstanding community of scholars
and students, and investing in UCLA is critical for our regional
and state economies. UCLA and the other campuses of the UC system
are economic engines for our respective regions, and for the entire
state of California. A study by the Milken Institute in March amply
demonstrates this point. The study shows that investment in science
and technology assets, from higher education to access to venture
capital, is crucial in determining a state's future economic success.
Continued investment in the university as a whole, and in its individual
campuses, is vital for this success and for the well-being of UCLA
and all Californians.