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!


  • Veterans appreciation week is Nov. 3 - 11

    October 31, 2014

    External Affairs

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    Commemorate Veterans Day 2014 by attending one or more of the events being hosted around the UW’s campuses, and join us in celebrating our many students, alumni, retirees, faculty and staff who have valiantly served in the U.S. Armed and uniformed forces. In recognition of their undaunted service to our country, we invite you to take part in Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 3 - 11.

    As part of the University’s continued commitment to our veterans, we are hosting a full week of events, including an open house with the UW’s ROTC programs and an inspirational evening with former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. The week will culminate with the Veterans Days Celebration and Ceremony, taking place at the Medal of Honor Memorial at the University of Washington in Seattle on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. At the ceremony, the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award, Richard H. Layton, M.D., '54, '58, will be recognized for his lifelong physician in the WWAMI and Physician Assistant Program.  

    UW faculty and staff also have the opportunity to participate in a special workshop, “Welcoming all students: Teaching student veterans,” on Friday, Nov. 7. For more information and to register, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning website

    For information on all of the events, on each UW campus, visit UWalum.com/veterans.


  • The UW is fostering innovation

    October 29, 2014

    External Affairs

    GeekWire interviewed Vikram Jandhyala, Vice Provost of Innovation, about the future of innovation and entrepreneurship at the UW. Jandhyala is working on making innovation part of educating students. "I want to see the creative juices becoming part of the education system, rather than something you do after the fact, or just happening on your own time." Read the full interview from GeekWire.


  • UW 14th in the world

    October 28, 2014

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington was ranked 14th best university in the world by U.S. News and World Report. Rankings are based on 10 indicators that measure academic research performance and global and regional reputation. See the full list here.

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  • New UW|360 features Dubs!

    October 28, 2014

    External Affairs

    UW 360 premiered its 5th season last week! The magazine show, hosted by Carolyn Douglas, features stories about the University of Washington and our connection to the community. In the new episode, follow beloved UW mascot Dubs as he meets and greets students and visitors on campus. Did you know he participated in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony? Also in this episode, learn about the history of the UW's universal bus pass program, U-PASS, meet renowned choreographer Robert Moses and see his work with UW dance students, and see how the UW Center for Commercialization, C4C, has become a leading start-up incubator. Learn more and watch online from UWTV|Channel 27.

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  • Boundless celebration on W Day!

    October 25, 2014

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington celebrated W Day today in honor of the UW's 153rd birthday. We also challenged ourselves to raise $200,000 and we exceeded that goal - the More Purple giving challenge raised $205,807!

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    Read more about the Boundless Celebration!