The Global Information Industry Center (GIIC) is based at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego. GIIC is an independent academic research program studying global information issues faced by all segments of the information industry.
GIIC evolved from the School’s Information Storage Industry Center (ISIC), established in 1998 through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation of New York. ISIC’s focus has been gradually expanding into the study of information. In 2008 ISIC was reestablished as the Global Information Industry Center.
IR/PS is the University of California's only professional school of international relations, and the only such program in the U.S. focused on the Pacific region – Asia and the Americas. The School represents the best of three graduate-level traditions – schools of international relations, public policy, and management.
IR/PS alumni are in careers ranging from commerce and banking to teaching and policy-making. The School was recently ranked in the top 10 for foreign affairs by Foreign Policy.
Led by IR/PS faculty, research centers and programs add research depth to the School’s academic offerings. Centers serve as think tanks, generating innovative, policy-informing research and insights for government, private industry, and other research organizations.