Office of External Affairs

Office of External Affairs

Passion Never Rests

From academic excellence to sustainability, the University of Washington strives to be the first.

In 2014, the University of Washington achieved several distinguished academic, research and health care rankings, as well as recognition for our sustainability efforts and programs for veterans.

The University of Washington was ranked #1 by the New America Education Policy Program – the ranking is based on commitment to research, scholarship, diversity, quality and affordability. We are also one of the top 15 universities worldwide and the UW is 2nd among large colleges that produce the most Peace Corps Volunteers

Read about more of our Recognition and Rankings.

On Top for Being Green

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This Just In . . .

Check back often for the latest updates from the world of External Affairs at the University of Washington!


  • SustainableUW Fest

    October 21, 2014

    External Affairs

    Join in the SustainableUW Festival this week on campus! The festival celebrates environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts at the University of Washington, highlighting contributions and leadership efforts across campus as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved.

    You can find more information from Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability.

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  • In the News: University of Washington leading innovation

    October 20, 2014

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington is embarking on an "Innovation Agenda" and building on our long-standing work to drive the Puget Sound region and Washington state forward. Read President Michael K. Young's guest opinion column in The Seattle Times.


  • Legislators and staff tour UW's Clean Energy Institute

    October 3, 2014

    External Affairs

    A group of state legislators and staff visited campus to tour the UW's Clean Energy Institute. The group heard from CEI's staff about its innovative faculty and cutting-edge research in next generation solar energy and battery technologies.

    In 2013, the Legislature invested $3 million to establish the Institute at the UW. In its inaugural year, CEI faculty and graduate student researchers have begun conducting leading-edge research with the power to sustain and grow Washington's leadership and economic advantages in clean energy.

    Read more and see photos from the Office of State Relations.


  • UW a top school for vets

    September 11, 2014

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington was ranked second in the U.S. among the best colleges for veterans. U.S. News and World Report ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members with applications, financial aid and degree completion. The UW joins Georgetown, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, The Ohio State University and University of Texas-Austin among the top ranked schools for vets. Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

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  • Huskies give back!

    August 20, 2014

    External Affairs

    Today University of Washington External Affairs staff participated in a service project at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. Staff spent the morning helping restore the natural habitat by removing invasive bindweed.

    The Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland is Seattle’s largest urban farm. The 10 acre farm is owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation. In 2011 Seattle Tilth and the Friends of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands were granted co-operatorship. The farm is host to annual and perennial vegetables, raised beds, native plants, five large greenhouses, giant blueberry bushes, wetlands, a nature trail and a large compost area. Community members of all ages volunteer and participate in educational programs and learn to grow food organically and restore the natural wetlands habitat that runs down the middle of the farm. This urban also supplies fresh food to the local community through several markets and farmers markets.

    Seattle Tilth is partnering with the Seattle Parks Foundation to raise funds for much needed improvements to the site. For more information visit their Campaign for the Farm website.

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