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Portrait of Caroline Freund, woman in a red blazer with a beige top

Welcome to the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). We are a global community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners dedicated to improving public policy and international relations through education and research.

My first few months as dean have been incredibly energizing. I am deeply honored and humbled to follow in Peter Cowhey’s footsteps, and I hope that together we can continue to build upon the school’s strengths – as a leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas – and to leverage UC San Diego’s renowned programs in science and technology.

GPS develops new analytic tools with real-world applications, while rigorously training the next generation of global leaders. We are very proud of our alumni – more than 3,000 strong – who are making a difference in leadership positions in business, government and nonprofits across the globe. They comprise an interwoven network of advocates and supporters for each other and current students, where this year we will welcome our largest class in the school’s history.

I am excited that we have a number of new initiatives underway, including the launch of the 21st Century India Center this fall. I also invite you to learn more about GPS’ research centers to get a sense of the range and impact of our scholars’ work that I believe to have the right balance of rigorous analytics and policy discussion. Our research addresses many of the salient policy challenges of our time – U.S.-China relations, borders (especially related to trade and migration), democracy, technology and climate action – all areas where the premier faculty and location give GPS a strong comparative advantage.

I am joining at an unusual time, as the country reopens, and faculty and students return to the classroom after a year of virtual work and school. Working with the broader UC San Diego community, I will aim to support you in making the transition as smooth and safe as possible.

Whether you are a prospective student, current student, alumni, supporter or visitor to our site, we welcome your interest in the school. I look forward to getting to know you and to an exciting year for GPS!

Warm regards,

Caroline Freund