Vision for the gift

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The vision for the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, established by Dean Debra J. Richardson in 2002 as part of an overall strategic initiative to advance the school’s global reputation, is both focused and far-reaching in its aim to create a top ten computer science program within five years.

The $20 million gift will accelerate initiatives aimed at advancing the school's vision, further reinforcing the impact of its academic and research approach within the information technology discipline.

The gift by Donald Bren provides a transformational opportunity to anticipate and respond to the ever-growing demands of a technology-centric world.

The vision for investing the unprecedented endowment builds upon Mr. Bren’s long belief that quality education begins and ends with quality educators.

As some of the most honored faculty at UC Irvine, Bren School professors are trailblazers recognized with countless award and accolades in information and computer science education and research.

Building upon that heritage, the Bren School is now uniquely positioned to realize its vision through the accelerated addition of ten highly distinguished scholars alongside its annual recruitment of shining, young stars.

The hallmarks of a Bren School education are evident in the unparalleled UC Irvine culture, which emphasize cross-campus collaboration in learning and research; integrated, interdisciplinary coursework; innovation of cutting-edge technology and utilization of technology-enhanced learning.

Our alumni successes are proof that we are forging the best path for tomorrow's students. For generations to come, Bren School students will be the beneficiaries of Mr. Bren’s selfless support and the school’s strategic planning.