CSU Drives California’s Knowledge-based Industries
January 27, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
The California State University is at the forefront in helping California expand and enhance its research, pharmaceutical production, healthcare and biotechnology industries. More than 100,000 people are employed in pure life sciences production and research in California. The CSU plays an integral role in preparing well-educated students to enter the life science and biomedical professions by providing them with hands-on experience.
The CSU is a key industrial driver of California's critical knowledge-based industries, and graduates 44 percent of all health- or medical-related bachelor’s students and 37 percent of all master’s students in the state. In addition, over the past six years, the number of CSU students studying biological sciences has grown by a third, and 77 percent more are studying health professions than in 2003. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 CSU graduate students studied health sciences in the 2008-09 academic year.
Multicampus research initiatives, such as the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) and the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST), function in unique ways to promote innovative programs and provide real-world research experiences in an effort to produce experts that will make significant contributions to the life science and biomedicine industries.