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research university offers enormous exposure and opportunities
to an undergraduate student. As fine an institution as [my
alma mater] Wellesley is, I don’t think the students
there have quite the same richness of experience and exposure
to what they could do next as they would at a research university.
In that way, UCLA has a great advantage."
Betsy Wood Knapp
Garrett also noted that among the 62 members of the Association
of American Universities — the leading research universities
in the United States — nine are in California. Among those,
six are University of California campuses, and just three are private.
Compare that, he suggested, with Massachusetts, where there are
seven private research universities in and around Boston alone.
In Massachusetts, he said, public research universities like UCLA
might be considered a luxury; in California, they are a necessity.
That ability to play a vanguard role as an engine of innovation
for the state, however, is threatened by the growing resource gap,
Garrett said. With that he initiated the conversation:
Garrett: What have
you gained by your association with UCLA?
Samueli: My company,
Broadcom, would not exist if it were not for UCLA. There’s
no question in my mind that the success of Broadcom, and the wealth
that we’ve created for the state, has been because of the
academic excellence and the research that was done at UCLA. Besides
earning all my degrees here, I came back for 10 years to be a professor,
and it was during that time that the core research that I performed
with my graduate students helped to build the foundational knowledge
behind what we created at Broadcom. It’s a level of excellence
that really was unmatched at any other university … a result
of being in an environment in which you are surrounded by brilliant
students and brilliant colleagues.
All of that together translated into our ability to start a company
and lead the broadband revolution. It would not have happened if
it were not for UCLA. So I literally owe everything that I have
today to the university. This place is the lifeblood of innovation.