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Fostering progress through collaboration & innovation

UC Forward is a philosophy, an idea, a re-imagining of what a university experience should be. It is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and research initiative—pairing students and faculty with external experts, all from differing perspectives—to solve today's problems and develop tomorrow’s workforce in unique and relevant ways. Learn more

I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. David Livingstone

Students

Learning by Doing

UC Forward is committed to providing students with authentic experiences that teach them the skills, content, and applications they need to be 21st century world changers. Through UC Forward courses, students work collaboratively with faculty and community & industry leaders to develop new ways of solving real world problems. Students in UC Forward courses learn about environmental, social, and design issues - just to name a few - by experiencing those issues first hand. Many UC Forward courses even include international components that focus on issues in Asia, Africa, and South America. Regardless of where the courses occur, the vision of UC Forward is to transform students into sought-after 21st century innovators who work collaboratively across disciplines and institutions to develop dynamic solutions to real-world problems.

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"My experience with UC Forward not only benefitted me educationally, but also gave me the opportunity and inspiration to step out of my comfort zone to meet new people, establish professional relationships with them, and experience new challenges in the real world."
- Emad Rashidi, DAAP (front row, far right) 

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What are the students saying about UC Forward?

“This is a crazy opportunity that a lot of students would fight for if they knew how beneficial it really is for their career.”

“Closest course to 'real life' I have ever experienced.”

"This model is changing the way that we view education and has been one of the most outstanding experiences that I have had during the last five years!”

'“I'm meeting new people that I never would have crossed paths with otherwise.”

“UC Forward classes are out-of-the-box courses that encourage collaboration across disciplines and generate new ideas for the community to solve real-world problems.”

“This course allowed me the opportunity to present in front of some of the top members of the University's faculty, an opportunity I have not received in any of my other courses.”

“For all that is holy never get rid of this class or classes like this.”

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Why wait to change the world if you don't have to?