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.

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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!

  • The UW Spokane Center is open!

    June 25, 2015

    External Affairs

    The UW Spokane Center opened yesterday with a celebration featuring the UW Husky Marching Band, Cheer Team and Harry the Husky. UW interim Provost Jerry Baldasty, a native of Spokane, was joined by Spokane Mayor David Condon for a brief ceremony followed by an afternoon of activities at the center. Read more about the celebration from UW Today and learn more about the UW Spokane Center here.



  • UW and Tsinghua University announce creation of the Global Innovation Exchange

    June 18, 2015

    External Affairs

    Today, the University of Washington and Tsinghua University announced a groundbreaking partnership and the creation the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators. Learn more about GIX here and read media coverage by the Seattle Times, GeekWire and The Wall Street Journal.




  • UW professor chosen as nation's Poet Laureate

    June 16, 2015

    External Affairs

    Juan Felipe Herrera was named the 21st United States Poet Laureate. He is the first Latino honored since the U.S. Consultant in Poetry program began in 1937. Herrera is a visiting professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. Read more from UW Today.


  • New student regent named

    June 4, 2015

    External Affairs

    Vanessa Kritzer is the next student member of the UW Board of Regents. Kritzer is a native of Seattle and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Evans School of Public Affairs. Her year-long appointment is effective July 1. Read more from UW Today.



  • Seattle Times editorial board weighs in on computer science expansion

    June 4, 2015

    External Affairs

    The Seattle Times published an editorial asserting that the legislature should invest in the proposed computer science and engineering building expansion. Read the piece from the Seattle Times.