About the Center
The Center for Global Sustainable Development promotes and supports innovation that is both environmentally sustainable and socially just. In keeping with the mission of the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Center encourages students, faculty, staff, and alumni to pursue innovation for the global good that especially benefits those at the bottom of the wealth pyramid. The Center emphasizes problem-focused, solutions-oriented, human-centered education and research aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. These include the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. The Center for Global Sustainable Development is a founding member of the UC San Diego Changemaker Institute.
Global TIES partners interdisciplinary teams of UC San Diego students with nonprofits and NGOs to co-create solutions to socially urgent problems in San Diego and the developing world.
Grand Challenge Scholars Program
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is an innovative certificate program for UC San Diego undergraduate students focused on addressing one or more of the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.