University of California Riverside Joins the Association of American Universities

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Jun 7, 2023


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  • The University of California, Riverside (UCR) announced it was accepted as a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).
  • The university’s designation as a Hispanic and Asian American Pacific Islander-serving institution is dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
  • UCR’s membership in the AAU opens up collaborative opportunities, enabling joint research projects and interdisciplinary initiatives to advance research and innovation further.

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) announced it was accepted as a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). This distinction shows UCR’s commitment to academic excellence and contributions to the higher education and research industry.Β 

With this inclusion, UCR joins the ranks of 71 leading research universities that shape policy, promote best practices, and make contributions to higher education in American academia.

UCR Committing to Academic Excellence

UCR’s membership in the AAU is a resounding acknowledgment of its commitment to academic leadership and the nexus of research, scholarship, and service. The university has a long and distinguished history of excellence, which has led to its growing impact locally, nationally, and globally. UCR’s inclusion in the AAU underscores its rapid growth and recognition as an institution that addresses the world’s most urgent and complex challenges.

UCR’s Unique Contributions

One of UCR’s notable achievements is its designation as a Hispanic-serving institution, with a significant proportion of its student body hailing from Hispanic backgrounds. Additionally, UCR is recognized as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, reflecting its commitment to diversity and inclusion. By joining the AAU, UCR strengthens the representation of institutions serving underrepresented communities and brings a unique perspective to the association’s collective efforts.

UCR’s Role in Advancing Research and Innovation

UCR’s acceptance into the AAU is a testament to its research prowess and innovation. The university has continually demonstrated its ability to tackle society’s biggest challenges through interdisciplinary research and discovery. 

UCR’s research enterprise is one of the fastest-growing in the United States, positioning the institution as a leader in fields ranging from deep space exploration to the depths of the oceans. As part of the AAU, UCR will contribute its expertise and collaborate with other member universities to further advance research and innovation.

Collaborative Efforts with AAU Member Universities

Membership in the AAU opens up many opportunities for UCR to collaborate with other leading research institutions. The association provides a valuable network for sharing knowledge and best practices while fostering collaborations that transcend geographical boundaries.Β 

UCR’s faculty, staff, and students will have enhanced opportunities for joint research projects, exchange programs, and interdisciplinary initiatives that further elevate the university’s impact on a national and global scale.

UCR’s Impact on Higher Education and Society

The inclusion of UCR in the AAU exemplifies the university’s dedication to improving lives and shaping a better future for society. UCR’s research initiatives, along with its exceptional undergraduate and graduate education programs, help contribute to the advancement of public health. These efforts help to resolve the prevailing national challenges and strengthen the overall economic state of the nation.Β 

As an AAU member, UCR will play a vital role in shaping higher education, science, and innovation policies while continuing to foster an environment that educates and trains the visionary leaders and innovators of tomorrow.


UCR’s acceptance into the AAU is a momentous achievement highlighting the university’s dedication to academic excellence, research, and innovation. As a member of this esteemed association, UCR will continue to advance higher education, promote interdisciplinary research, and contribute significantly to the betterment of society.


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