By Kristen Bole, UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has received a $20 million gift from philanthropist Chuck Feeney to build a new hub for Global Health Sciences at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.
Feeney made the gift through The Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation he created in 1982.
This commitment brings Atlantic’s total support of UCSF Mission Bay to more than $292 million, making Feeney the single greatest contributor to any campus in the University of California system.
The new gift will allow UCSF, for the first time, to have one physical location for global health researchers, scientists and students, and will jumpstart the University’s vision to become one of the world’s leading centers for global health sciences.
“There is tremendous interest among our faculty and students in having a global impact on health, ranging from the most remote villages in Africa to cities here in the United States,” said Jaime Sepúlveda, MD, DrSc, MPH, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences.
“This building will enable us to place scientists, students and health care professionals in one physical space, on one of the most dynamic health sciences campuses in the world, to train the next generation of leaders in this field.”
The gift and building will enable UCSF to create a hub for global health research and education, by tapping the intellectual capital of the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes some of the world’s top universities, centers of innovation in both biosciences and technology, and entrepreneurship. The region is also suited as a global health center due to its diverse population and position as a gateway to both Asia and Latin America.
“We have an opportunity here in San Francisco to have an impact on global health that is unique in the world,” Sepúlveda said. “This building will help us achieve that.”
The gift also furthers Feeney’s vision for UCSF Mission Bay to become “one of the major bioscience centers of the world,” helping improve health for people worldwide. As such, this investment builds upon his long-term efforts to support health and education throughout the world, from district hospitals in Vietnam to the Irish university system and his alma mater, Cornell University. In July 2012, Atlantic announced its plans to give away the remaining $1.3 billion of its endowment by 2016, on top of the $6.2 billion the foundation has already donated to mission-driven organizations around the world.
The Global Health Sciences and faculty building will be located at 4th and 16th streets, across from QB3 and the future hospitals.
Roughly 1,200 faculty, staff and students at UCSF currently are engaged in global health activities, which reach almost every country in the world. In response to that engagement and student interest, UCSF created the nation’s first master’s program in global health sciences. Now entering its fifth year, the program currently has 40 students, Sepúlveda said the program expects to double its student body.
Article courtesy of UCSF