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November 9, 2015

UW and Tsinghua deepen partnership with new GIX degree agreement

UW President Ana Mari Cauce shakes hands with Tsinghua University Chairperson Chen Xu after signing an agreement Nov. 9 creating a dual degree program within the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX).Dan Schlatter

UW President Ana Mari Cauce shakes hands with Tsinghua University Chairperson Chen Xu after signing an agreement Nov. 9 creating a dual degree program within the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Dan SchlatterDan Schlatter

A partnership created in June with the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange was further deepened Monday in Beijing as the University of Washington and Tsinghua University signed an agreement creating a 1+1 dual degree program.

The signing ceremony between President Ana Mari Cauce and Chairperson Chen Xu took place on the Tsinghua University campus after the UW delegation — including former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Rich Sauer — was welcomed at the historic Gong Zi Ting hall.

The dual degree program will provide students with the opportunity to study in both Bellevue and Beijing, earning a master’s degree from each university.

The GIX announcement was the first of a series of events between the two universities this week, with the morning also including an Innovation and Big Data Forum. #UWinChina continues in Hangzhou and Shanghai, capped off by the UW Innovation Summit and the Pac-12 China game.

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