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President Napolitano meets with Washington leaders

President Janet Napolitano met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the cabinet secretaries for energy, education and agriculture last week to highlight how UC is helping to drive solutions to some of world’s most pressing challenges.

UC is an active partner with the federal government in pursuing groundbreaking research to address some of the most important scientific and technological questions facing our nation and the world. The university receives approximately $8.5 billion in federal support each year, including about $3 billion for research.

Napolitano said the meetings were intended to keep leaders apprised of UC’s priorities and initiatives and to demonstrate the value that comes from federal investment.

“Funding and support from the federal government helps UC to advance scientific and technological innovation in health, clean energy and other national priorities,” Napolitano said. “And it provides educational opportunities for tens of thousands of California students. The federal government is a key partner in UC meeting its education, research, health care and public service-related missions.”

During her meetings, Napolitano urged support for UC’s federal budget priorities and provided updates on how the university is furthering some of the Obama administration’s key initiatives.

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