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!


  • Gov. Inslee, President Michael K. Young celebrate BARC launch

    January 20, 2015

    External Affairs

    Gov. Jay Inslee, UW President Michael K. Young and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner joined UW researchers on Monday to launch the Boeing Advanced Research Center, or BARC, The center is located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on the UW campus and will allow students and faculty members to work collaboratively with Boeing engineers on aircraft and spacecraft assembly and manufacturing. Four initial projects are underway at the UW, led by Boeing-employed affiliated instructors and UW engineering professors. Read more from UW Today.

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  • Report to stakeholders

    January 15, 2015

    External Affairs

    We are pleased to report our financial, student, research, community and environmental performance for 2014. The Report to Stakeholders accounts for our performance during the year.

    Read the 2014 UW Annual Report.


  • The UW generates $12.5 billion in economic impact

    January 8, 2015

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington generates $12.5 billion a year in economic activity and supports 79,331 direct and indirect jobs in the state of Washington, according to a new economic impact report released Thursday by an independent research firm.

    Total economic impact measures the dollars generated in the state as a result of the UW's presence, including its three campuses and UW Medicine. The new study updates a previous one conducted in 2009 that showed the UW had an economic impact of $9.1 billion. The UW employs 34,668 people and is the third-largest nonfederal employer in the state, following Boeing and Microsoft.

    Get the full report on our Economic Impact Report page.


  • New UW Tacoma Chancellor

    January 7, 2015

    External Affairs

    Mark Pagano has been selected as chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma. His appointment is effective March 16 and is subject to approval b the UW Board of Regents. Pagano currently serves as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Montana State University. Read more from UW Today.


  • UW moves up on Kiplinger’s in-state ‘best value’ list

    December 18, 2014

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington moved up in the rankings of public universities on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list. The UW moved up to the 11th spot from 13th in the same ranking last year. Kiplinger's measures of economic value and educational quality. Read more from UW Today.