Posted by Emily Hutton
Following the recommendation of its Senate and the approval of its Council, the University of Warwick is taking forward a partnership with the University Development Trust. The aim is to develop teaching and research, and create a physical presence for Warwick’s University in California.
The phased project will first develop teaching in a small number of postgraduate courses that will be offered in interim accommodation.
As the project develops, dedicated teaching facilities will be created and undergraduate students will be admitted across a range of subjects. The aim is to have a campus supporting around 6000 students by 2031.
This opportunity has arisen through the generosity and vision of its donors and the University Development Trust. University Development Trust is a non-profit organisation who’s mission is focused on educating and informing the American public.
The Trust is providing 600 acres of land for the campus and the funding to take forward the initiative, a key project for the University Development Trust.
Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, Co-Chairman of University Development Trust, said: “It is thrilling that the University of Warwick, one of the premier world universities, has taken the first official step to establish a new campus in our region.
“I am confident that Warwick, which achieved astounding world class success since its founding in England in 1965, will match that success in vibrant Northern California.”
The new campus will be located in Placer County, in the greater Sacramento Region and one of California’s fastest growing counties.
Kirk Uhler, Chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors said: “This is a momentous achievement for the Sacramento region. Having a university of Warwick’s international renown, especially in the areas of business and research and development, is a huge step forward in meeting the needs of our current and future residents and businesses”.
University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Sir Nigel Thrift said: “This is a welcome opportunity for staff and students at Warwick, which draws on, and builds on, Warwick’s academic success and its strategy to develop as a globally networked university. We want a university that exists in many locations, does research in many locations, and produces globally aware students able to thrive wherever in the world they decide to study, research and work. The University of Warwick in California will deliver teaching and research of the highest quality, further extending and accelerating Warwick’s global reach and reputation.”
Warwick’s Senate and its Council have agreed on a plan that sets a series of gateway points in the autumns of 2016, 2018 and 2020 which will provide Warwick’s Senate and the Council with the opportunities to formally review the progress at each stage and to recommend continuation, or remaining at the project’s then current level of development.