Tomorrow’s University Today

Making an impact

At the University of Washington, there are many things we believe in, like opportunity, global citizenship, academic excellence and the potential for one good idea to inspire a whole chain of great ideas.

And, we believe in tomorrow.

These beliefs drive us to continue exploring, imagining, innovating and pushing boundaries. As part of our commitment to making discoveries that address society’s key challenges, President Michael K. Young launched Tomorrow’s University Today. This initiative focuses on:

  • Leading change in public higher education
  • Turning the UW inside out to apply expertise to K – 12 education, environmental sustainability, health care and social justice
  • Driving our economic future

Explore the videos, resources and links on this page to learn more about how we’re working to make an impact in these areas and more.


Turning the UW inside out

Helping children from all communities reach their full potential. Exploring new ideas to improve the health of people and the planet. These represent a few of the ways we are turning the UW inside out to apply our discoveries and innovations directly to the community. Learn more.

Driving our economic future

From next-generation microchips to a new approach to treating cancer, we want to continue propelling novel — and potentially life-changing — ideas out of our labs and into the market. Through the commercialization of research, we can create jobs and improve lives. Learn more.

Discover how the UW is supporting entrepreneurial researchers at the Center for Commercialization.

2011 – 2012 Year in Review

Looking back at the past year and the commemoration of the UW’s 150th anniversary, the UW pushed the boundaries of human potential in countless ways, from science and social services to athletics and community health.

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