Deepening Ties Between UCD and UC Davis

University College Dublin (UCD) and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) have strengthened their relationship by signing an agreement of cooperation following an international Food Innovation and Food Safety Workshop at UC Davis. The agreement seeks to further develop education, research, innovation and cultural links and it builds upon a strategic partnership formed between the institutions in 2014. UCD and UC Davis are both members of the prestigious Universitas 21 network of global higher education institutions.


Professor Dolores O’Riordan, Vice-President for Global Engagement, UCD spoke about the valued partnership between the universities and said, “It is increasingly the case that universities are identifying a small network of global partners to work with to solve the significant challenges of our time. We are delighted to say that UC Davis is one of UCD’s closest and most trusted partners.” 


“This new agreement heralds a new stage of deeper cooperation between our two universities; a stage which promises to be exciting and exhilarating for all,” she added.


Dr Joanna Regulska, Vice-Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs, UC Davis said, “Given the complexity of today’s challenges and opportunities, these mutually-beneficial partnerships are more important than ever as they build critical links for new initiatives in global education and research. We’ve been proud to partner with University College Dublin on successful student exchange opportunities and look forward to furthering our research collaborations in areas of shared expertise.”


Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, UCD recognised the strong research links between UCD and UC Davis and the shared vision to work towards tackling global problems. “The challenge of developing a global sustainable food system is one we all face and UCD and our partners at UC Davis want to be active leaders, along with our industry partners and policy-makers in delivering solutions to this challenge,” she said.


Dr Paul Dodd, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, UC Davis said, “ Over the past four years we have begun to build more structured interactions that create critical mass for collaborations in key research areas for both institutions including agriculture, food innovation, biological sciences and veterinary medicine.”


In his words “the partnership between ‘the two UCDs’ exemplifies the importance of international scientific collaboration and helps to further strengthen the strong bonds that exist between California and Ireland.”