Advancing World Class Education and Workforce Development
UA-SV is characterized by a unique academic and research model -- the 'meta university'. The meta university, founded on an articulated education program like that envisioned by the California Master Plan for Higher Education, is planned to provide integrated academic and research programs among the participating institutions, drawing upon the talents, expertise and resources of each institution as well as leveraging national and international collaborations with other academic and research institutions. Joint academic and research programs in science, engineering and innovation management have begin and will be expanded as the research and education community is developed. To foster opportunities for collaboration, the site plan itself will be designed to facilitate and maximize the exchange of ideas and energize discoveries. Existing K-12 outreach and integration programs established by each of the UA-SV members will be factored into the academic and public education programs envisioned for the meta-university. Collaborations involving workforce development organizations will be sought to further worker training and re-training, especially for careers in green technologies.
Developing and implementing a model of leading-edge environmental sustainability
The proposed development will deploy, evaluate and demonstrate technologies that foster environmental sustainability. It will be engineered for minimum carbon footprint by incorporating leading-edge environmental sustainability practices/technologies in energy generation, conservation, potable water and waste management. The proposed development will benefit and leverage the existing Light Rail at the site and its direct connection to CalTrain. Alternative transportation options will be incorporated to complement a pedestrian-friendly community. This community will serve as a model site to deploy and validate new and ever-changing renewable energy and resource conservation systems, many of which wil be the result of the research done through the Meta-University.
Fostering Economic Vitality through Green Technology Innovation
The Silicon Valley workforce is one of the most productive and highly educated in the nation. This proposed research and education community is positioned to harness and maximize this productivity by attracting industrial partners to the research community with programs and facilities uniquely tailored to their requirements. It is expected that the synergy of industry researchers working with university researchers will enable industrial partners to more quickly develop and bring to market technological innovations, especially in the emerging green technologies.
In a recent study of the economic impacts of the UA-SV development it was reported the approximate $1.8 Billion development, post construction will provide the region with $3.4 Billion in annual economic impacts and support over 18,000 new jobs. Statewide, the operating phase will result in approximately $3.4 Billion in annual economic impacts and support over 20,000 new jobs. State and local taxes generated within Santa Clara County will approximate $110.4 Million annually.