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The University's fundamental missions are teaching,
research and public service.
We teach - educating students
at all levels, from undergraduate to the most advanced graduate
level. Undergraduate programs are available to all eligible California
high-school graduates and community college transfer students who
wish to attend the University of California.
Instructional programs at the undergraduate level
transmit knowledge and skills to students. At the graduate level,
students experience with their instructors the processes of developing
and testing new hypotheses and fresh interpretations of knowledge.
Education for professional careers, grounded in understanding of
relevant sciences, literature and research methods, provides individuals
with the tools to continue intellectual development over a lifetime
and to contribute to the needs of a changing society.
Through our academic programs, UC helps create
an educated workforce that keeps the California economy competitive.
And, through University Extension, with a half-million enrollments
annually, UC provides continuing education for Californians to improve
their job skills and enhance the quality of their lives.
We do research - by some of the
world's best researchers and brightest students in hundreds of disciplines
at its campuses, national laboratories, medical centers and other
research facilities around the state. UC provides a unique environment
in which leading scholars and promising students strive together
to expand fundamental knowledge of human nature, society, and the
natural world. Its basic research programs yield a multitude of
benefits for California: billions of tax dollars, economic growth
through the creation of new products, technologies, jobs, companies
and even new industries, agricultural productivity, advances in
health care, improvements in the quality of life. UC's research
has been vital in the establishment of the Internet and the semiconductor,
software and biotechnology industries in California, making substantial
economic and social contributions.
We provide public service, which
dates back to UC's origins as a land grant institution in the 1860s.
Today, through its public service programs and industry partnerships,
UC disseminates research results and translates scientific discoveries
into practical knowledge and technological innovations that benefit
California and the nation.
UC's agricultural extension programs serve hundreds
of thousands of Californians in every county in the state.
Open to all Californians, UC's libraries, museums,
performing arts spaces, gardens and science centers are valuable
public resources and community gathering places.
The University's active involvement in public-school
partnerships and professional development institutes help strengthen
the expertise of teachers and the academic achievement of students
in communities throughout California.
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