The Rady School at UC San Diego Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation

10 Years of Innovation

Beginning in June, the Rady School of Management is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking 10 years of innovation, collaboration, inclusion, integrity and risk-taking. Founded in 2003, the Rady School of Management was created due to a need expressed to the school's founders by the San Diego business community, citing a demand for the next generation of leaders in the innovation economy, with skills bridging science and technology with a strong business acumen. In the past decade, the Rady School has fulfilled the aspirations of its founders and established itself as a top business school for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Through the school's focus on experiential learning in the signature Lab to Market courses, it has helped develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. In fact, in the last 10 years over 50 companies have been launched that are seeding the innovation ecosystem in San Diego and beyond.

In the past decade, the Rady School has seen many major accomplishments, including the integration of the Beyster Institute, the development of an undergraduate business minor program and the launch of the US-Israel Center. In addition, the Rady School was recently awarded the prestigious initial accreditation from AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which indicates that the school has reached the highest achievement in management education.

Indeed, these accomplishments embody the mission of the Rady School — to create a culture of innovation that shapes the future of business, empowering ethical and entrepreneurial leaders to make a positive impact on our region and the world.
"As founding dean of the Rady School of Management, I'm incredibly excited to celebrate the accomplishments we have made in our first decade as a center for management education," said Robert Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management. "However, what I find most energizing is what the Rady School can accomplish in the next 10 years. We remain steadfastly committed to shaping the future of innovation in our region and beyond."

At the Rady School, the focus remains on attracting faculty and students with the desire and the ability to challenge the status quo and demonstrate a strong sense of intellectual curiosity, creativity and collaboration.  At the heart of the Rady School's innovation-focused curriculum is Lab to Market, a proprietary core sequence designed to inspire and hone a student's ambition, knowledge and talent into a recognizable value proposition. The faculty, alumni and local technology ecosystem that surround the Rady School represent unparalled opportunities for garnering knowledge, discovering advancements and creative collaboration to achieve ambitious goals.

The Rady School celebration will be a year-long event marking a decade of innovation. On Tuesday, May 28, the Rady School launched the celebration with a Birthday Party for the Rady School and the on-campus community, which drew over 200 guests. Remarks were made by Ernest Rady, the founding donor of the Rady School, as well as Robert Sullivan, the founding dean of the Rady School. Students, faculty, staff and the campus community celebrated with cake, refreshments and banners marking the festive occasion. Celebratory events for the campus and the San Diego community will continue throughout the year.

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