February 27, 2017

Why Warwick in California; an update from project donors UDF

I was pleased that Michael Faust from the project donors, University Development Foundation(UDF), could join us at the staff briefing on Warwick in California project in December last year and since then both the Warwick team and UDF continue to work closely together on the project.

I would like to share Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, President of UDF’s views on the project and working with our university.

Best wishes


UDF is thrilled to partner with Warwick to establish the first private, world-leading research university to be founded in California since Stanford in 1885.

With Warwick, we have found the right match. Warwick became a world leading university from literally nothing but green fields and a bold vision, in 50 years. Born and raised on the British countryside, today Warwick has international impact through its students, faculty and academic partnerships around the world. Warwick is a top 6 university in the U.K. and home to a Fields Medalist in Mathematics. Its faculties deliver teaching and research of the highest quality in an environment where technology transfer and industry collaboration ensure that ideas born at Warwick do not live solely in the classroom but thrive in the world and have practical and positive impact on the quality of human life and the natural environment.

In turn, California is the largest state economy in the US. It is a laboratory and a leader in path-breaking policies in clean energy, communication and culture. As California is the wealthiest consumer market in America, Sacramento, the state capital, is itself currently experiencing a $3.9 Billion urban core development renaissance.

Californians are largely characterized by creative energy and a pioneering spirit of innovation, and welcome people from all over the world who seek to contribute to our marketplace of ideas. We are keenly aware that in the US, 26% of Nobel Prize winners are immigrants and 70% of the most successful startups valued at $1 billion or more relied on immigrants as key players. Many of the best and brightest students in the world seek their higher education in California, and this makes it fertile ground for the University of Warwick.

And we are hard at the plow. Just last week, Sir George Cox and US Project Director Bob Hogg joined us in California to provide updates to local business and government leaders, potential philanthropic and volunteer supporters, as well as to individuals and families who were among the original land donors to this venture. This week I am excited to be back on campus hosting some of those very same people who have traveled here to experience first-hand the quality and spirit of the University of Warwick.

On a personal level, all involved on our end have found the people of Warwick – students, alums, faculty, administrators, members of Council – to be nothing short of wonderful. Brilliance without arrogance. Honest and straight forward. Passionate yet prudent. Among all involved there is a palpable excitement, perhaps from the knowledge that we have both the rare privilege of imprinting something of ourselves on a new institution and the solemn responsibility to set the values, organization and structure that will determine whether or not it flourishes. No doubt our efforts have been facilitated by friendship, which will surely augment and enhance our mutual enjoyment of the challenging work ahead.”

Kyriakos Tsakopoulos UDFKyriakos Tsakopoulos,

President, University Development Foundation

More information about Warwick in California can be found on the project webpages.

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