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Living the Promise: Economy


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UCR impacts local and global economies through its people and their drive to succeed.

As a major economic catalyst for one of the fastest growing regions in the country, UCR partners with fellow research enterprises, businesses, international firms, and local communities to drive our region’s progress and economic development.

UCR has a combined economic impact on the state of over $1 billion, more than a six-fold return on the state’s investment in the university. It annually attracts close to $500 million in revenue from outside Inland Southern California. Each year the campus provides highly-skilled workers, creates new products and services, and attracts high-tech industries. Allowing others to be transformed and empowered, the UCR community contributes hundreds of volunteer and internship hours to the region and beyond. UCR provides the following:

  • The UCR Palm Desert Center provides graduate education through its MBA and MFA degrees, serves as a base for several UCR research efforts, and is host to international academic conferences, continuing education programs and public service programs. In addition, the center also extends the reach of UCR by providing outreach efforts in local schools to promote and improve college-going rates in the Coachella Valley.
  • UCR Extension delivers international and executive-level education programs, along with a wide range of industry-specific certificate programs, to more than 30,000 students each year.

Driven by the desire to make a difference, a quest for new knowledge, and a passion for excellence, UCR researchers are fueling the growth of California’s economy—the eighth largest economy in the world.

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