UCSD and La Jolla: A Valuable Relationship

Part of what makes La Jolla the town it is today is the University housed on its land. The University of California, San Diego is located in north La Jolla, just south of Torrey Pines and gives shape and scope to La Jolla, making it far more than just a beach town. The beautiful campus boasts some prime real estate, enticing some of the smartest students and professors around the world to move to La Jolla to learn and conduct cutting edge research. UCSD gives La Jolla an academics angle that extends to art, marine study, and an entire community within a community atmosphere.


The UTC Area of La Jolla

In order to fully welcome the students and faculty of UCSD, a part of La Jolla was developed into what today is referred to as University Towne Center. As a result, the city of La Jolla has more to offer than just the ritzy area around the cove, which brings a wide range of clientele to the area and helps businesses to thrive in UTC. One of the best malls in San Diego, Westfield UTC, is located in the heart of University Towne Center and includes popular shopping meccas such as Nordstrom’s, Crate and Barrel, and Macy’s. There are many popular mainstream restaurants surrounding UTC as well, including Rock Bottom Brewery and P.F. Chang’s, which are popular places for affordable happy hours or coworker lunches in La Jolla.

Partnerships for the Arts

Businesses in the area have also formed partnerships with UCSD, which benefits the community of La Jolla. One successful example of this is the partnership between the much-loved La Jolla Playhouse and the Department of Theater and Dance at UCSD. By working together via special agreements (the current one is good until 2050, which shows the long-term level of commitment and trust between the two organizations) the Playhouse benefits from the talented students and faculty that UCSD provides, plus the intellectual environment that the relationship provides. This helps to foster innovation, elevating the Playhouse performances into something exciting and memorable for attendees of the La Jolla Playhouse. Likewise, UCSD benefits from the symbiotic partnership with the La Jolla Playhouse by gaining access to their nationally recognized troupe and high production values. The partnership helps develop stars and elevate the attention the Playhouse and university department receives.

Medical Partnerships in the Community

The University has also assisted science and medical centers in La Jolla, helping to advance what we know about the body and the world. One of these is the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology. By building strong ties to UCSD’s medical department, the La Jolla Institute has been able to conduct research tied in with scientific experiments to better understand how the immune system works. This is helping to find new ways to cure the human body of common ailments.

Oceanography and La Jolla

With UCSD being so close to the ocean, it’s not much of a surprise that the university has an oceanography department. What may come as a surprise is just how important that department is to La Jolla. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has put La Jolla on the map for ocean science studies as it is one of the oldest and most important centers in the world for oceanography. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography provides jobs for the community and also educates the community on the importance of environmental conservation at the dynamic and interactive Birch Aquarium, which is run by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Visitors to the Birch Aquarium learn about the different animals located off the shores of La Jolla and why environmental conservation is so important to those creatures.

An Ongoing Partnership

The relationship between La Jolla and UCSD has led to entertainment and added services in the community. It also has helped to give La Jolla a reputation as being amongst much innovation and research that benefits not just San Diego, but the world as UCSD scientists and faculty continue to learn more about the environment and medicine. With old partnerships and the developments of new initiatives, the University of California, San Diego has cemented itself as an important part of La Jolla’s past, present, and future.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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