Office of Global Affairs

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  • Board of Regents approves first UW master’s program through Global Innovation Exchange

    April 21, 2016

    Global Affairs

    Shwetak Patel

    The UW Board of Regents has approved the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree, a 60-credit interdisciplinary program developed by the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), in collaboration with the UW departments of Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering, the Foster School of Business, the Information School and the School…

  • Boosting global health partnerships for Chinese universities

    April 20, 2016

    Global Affairs

    Yinou Li, Director of the China office of the Gates Foundation

    Supported by the Global Innovation Fund, a landmark symposium hosted by the UW last week brought together leaders and faculty from five Chinese universities, across the UW campus and the Seattle community. “Collaborating with Chinese colleagues is a tremendously high priority, both personally for faculty and institutionally here at UW,” said Judy Wasserheit, chair of the Department of Global…

  • For leading nonprofits, global change starts in Seattle

    April 12, 2016

    Global Affairs

    Bill Gates

    By investing in global health, Seattle foundations and non-profits are also changing the Puget Sound region. They are infusing the region's innovation ecosystem with a wealth of global health care companies and research institutes, and they have helped build capacity and expertise at the University of Washington.   Read more from The New York Times...

  • UW's interdisciplinary innovation centers 'can serve as a model for research institutions'

    March 7, 2016

    Global Affairs


    "Higher education is developing an efficient and effective new model for 21st Century innovation" write University of Washington professors David Baker, Tom Daniel, Ed Lazowska and Dan Schwartz in a recent opinion piece. "Research institutes such as [those at the UW] eliminate sclerotic silos and bureaucratic boundaries by deftly blending teams of super-smart students, faculty, and research scientists from interconnected subject areas.…

  • We the people: Race & equity at the UW

    January 19, 2016

    Global Affairs


    The Race & Equity Initiative builds on the University of Washington’s longstanding commitment to inclusion and social justice. The Initiative centers on creating an inclusive experience for students, faculty and staff, addresses institutional bias and racism, and engages our communities to help us work through our shared challenges for a world of good. Read more...

  • From a Pac-12 announcement to a tea ceremony, dancers make most of time in Shanghai

    November 20, 2015

    University of Washington

    UW dancers sample different kinds of tea

    Four UW dancers and Harry the Husky took part in the UW’s events in China, courtesy of the Pac-12 Conference. Here in the second post about the group's experiences, Annie Millspaugh and Julia Tran discuss the announcement of the Pac-12's partnership with China's Letv, as well as a traditional tea ceremony.

  • UW dancers describe experiences at Alibaba, Lingyin Temple

    November 19, 2015

    University of Washington

    Becca Love, freshman dancer, at Lignyin Temple in Hangzhou, China

    Four UW dancers and Harry the Husky took part in the University's events in China, courtesy of the Pac-12 Conference. Here Jordan French and Becca Love share some of their experiences at Alibaba headquarters and Lingyin Temple, both in Hangzhou.

  • Alumni from around Asia gather in Shanghai

    November 14, 2015

    Jack Martin

    Alumni pose with Harry

    The capstone to the UW’s week of events in China was a gathering of alumni from across Asia following the Huskies’ 77-71 victory over Texas in the Pac-12 China Game.

  • Huskies, Longhorns make college basketball history

    November 14, 2015

    Jack Martin

    Andrew Andrews drives around Texas defender

    When the Huskies and Longhorns tipped off, it was just like any other college basketball game. The stands were filled with cheering alumni decked out in their school colors. UW Cheer & Dance and Harry the Husky rallied fans. There were even contests during timeouts, a “kiss cam” and a halftime show. But a closer…

  • Seeing the future of building at Disney

    November 13, 2015

    Gina Neff

    The integrated building management system.

    What does innovation look like? At Disney Research China it looks like a modest, four-story historic building in Shanghai’s Xuhui District. Fellow UW Innovation Summit speakers Adina Mangubat, Ben Waters and I were invited inside for a tour to find out why such an unassuming place from the outside is on the frontier of building…

  • UW Innovation Summit, alumni leadership session held in Shanghai

    November 13, 2015

    Jack Martin

    Speakers at the University of Washington’s inaugural Innovation Summit, held November 13 in Shanghai, China. From left: Adina Mangubat, Jiande Chen, Chris Gregoire, Ralph Haupter, Ana Mari Cauce, Yuan Ming, Vikram Jandhyala, Shwetak Patel, Gina Neff and Ben Waters. (Not pictured: Wang Jian)

    The penultimate day of the UW’s week of events in China featured the University’s inaugural Innovation Summit, preceded by a gathering of alumni leaders from around Asia.

  • Huskies immerse in Chinese culture before the big game

    November 12, 2015

    Julie Lauderbaugh

    Members of the UW Men's Basketball team

    With less than 48 hours left before the big Pac-12 China game, the UW Men's Basketball team took in the sights of Shanghai, observing monks, visiting historic sites and practicing their Mandarin with locals. The Huskies also gave presentations at a temple as part of their class with English Professor Shawn Wong.

  • Scenes from the first half of #UWinChina

    November 12, 2015

    Jack Martin

    The UW Cheer Squad and Harry the Husky with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, Jack Ma and Ana Mari Cauce

    Photographers have been capturing scenes from the first half of the #UWinChina events, from a visit to Tsinghua University, to meeting Jack Ma at Alibaba's headquarters, to experiencing some of the history and culture of China. Here are a few of our favorites. President Cauce and Commissioner Scott watch a Washington Husky Men’s Basketball practice…

  • Jack Ma gives advice to UW students during Alibaba visit

    November 10, 2015

    Jack Martin

    Surrounded by the UW men’s basketball team, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Alibaba founder Jack Ma chat on Alibaba’s campus in Hangzhou, China.

    Try everything. Be optimistic. Don’t be afraid of failure. And make sure the people around you are empowered. Those are Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s guiding principles, and the advice he gave student journalists at the company’s Hangzhou headquarters Tuesday.

  • Big data holds tremendous opportunities to solve health challenges, Cauce tells Tsinghua forum

    November 9, 2015

    Jack Martin

    President Cauce gives the keynote address at the Tsinghua University Innovation and Big Data Forum.

    The challenges of our time cross boundaries, so universities and nations must do the same to solve them. That was the message President Ana Mari Cauce delivered during her keynote address Monday at the Tsinghua University Innovation and Big Data Forum in Beijing.

  • UW and Tsinghua deepen partnership with new GIX degree agreement

    November 9, 2015

    Jack Martin

    University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce signs an agreement with Tsinghua University Nov. 9 in Beijing creating an integrated dual degree program through the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX).

    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.

  • Cauce, Gregoire highlight inclusive innovation in The Seattle Times

    November 8, 2015

    Jack Martin


    President Ana Mari Cauce and former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire highlighted how the Puget Sound’s unique spirit of inclusive innovation presents international opportunities in today's Seattle Times. Gregoire is taking part in the UW's events in China this week. “[T]he most meaningful innovations of the future will result from multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multinational collaborations to…

  • UW Department of Communication well represented during #UWinChina

    November 8, 2015

    Jack Martin


    In a trip all about building international partnerships and bridging two cultures, it makes sense that the Department of Communication would be well represented. This week the department highlighted the faculty, students and alumni taking part in the events in China. Associate Professor Gina Neff and UW Communication Hall of Fame member and former Gov. Chris…

  • Cauce talks about the UW in China with Seattle, Austin media

    November 7, 2015

    Jack Martin


    Before departing for China, President Ana Mari Cauce and other UW officials, including Head Men’s Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar, spoke with media from Seattle, as well as the home of the Huskies’ Pac-12 China game opponent. The stories all encompassed the full range of activities — from academics and innovation to athletics — that will…

  • A cultural exchange with fellow UW students in China

    November 6, 2015

    Global Affairs

    Back on campus

    Kim Boudreau served as a Husky Presidential Ambassador this summer, traveling to China to study abroad and mentor incoming international freshmen. For this senior from Spokane, the trip was a chance to leave North America for the first time and share her Husky Pride with incoming freshmen. She came back with new friends and fresh perspectives. Exploring Beijing I…

  • Innovators preview their UW Innovation Summit presentations

    November 4, 2015

    Jack Martin

    In addition to keynote speeches from Ralph Haupter, CEO of Microsoft’s Greater China Region, and Jian Wang, co-founder and president of BGI International, the inaugural University of Washington Innovation Summit will also feature four UW innovators, who previewed their presentations this week:   “Data empathy” is a concept Gina Neff is studying, and refers to…

  • China, revisited

    October 30, 2015

    Jack Martin

    Jane Yang, UW sophomore, is the Mandarin tutor for the men's basketball team

    Jane Yang, a UW sophomore who grew up in Shanghai, is teaching the UW men’s basketball team about her language and culture. Now, she’s looking at her home — and herself — with fresh eyes. In preparation for the Pac-12 China Game and related cultural activities during the trip, the team is taking a travel-writing course…

  • Former U.S. ambassador meets with Huskies

    October 27, 2015

    Jack Martin

    Former ambassador Gary Locke speaks to the UW Men's Basketball team

    Gary Locke, who served as U.S. Ambassador to China, joined President Ana Mari Cauce Monday night in speaking to the UW Men's Basketball team as part of the team's preparations for the upcoming trip to China. Cauce discussed the learning opportunities the student-athletes will have during the trip, which follows coursework with Prof. Shawn Wong. She also…

  • UW creating partnerships to spur regional, global innovation

    October 26, 2015

    Jack Martin


    The Puget Sound region is at the crossroads of innovation and investment, and the University of Washington is creating partnerships to grow local and global innovation ecosystems. Seattle and surrounding communities are in close proximity to major international markets on the Pacific Rim and home to a highly educated workforce, as well as the UW…

  • GIX brings global investment and opportunity to Greater Seattle

    October 22, 2015

    Jack Martin

    GIX building - Spring District

    The Global Innovation Exchange, along with the UW's many other international partnerships, will have economic benefits for the Greater Seattle area, as well as benefits for Washington students. These will be at the forefront of the UW's upcoming events in China, writes Vice Provost for Global Affairs Jeff Riedinger. GIX is a game changer for…

  • China trip provides Huskies with leading-edge student experience

    October 16, 2015

    Jack Martin

    UW Men's Basketball team student-athletes prepare for their November trip to China

    The UW's upcoming events in China are more than just a way to share the Puget Sound's unique spirit of innovation, they're also an opportunity for the student-athletes on the UW men's basketball team to enhance their educations with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Huskies are learning about Chinese culture, history and business in preparation for…

  • Celebrating global partnerships and innovation

    October 14, 2015

    Global Affairs

    UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs Jeff Riedinger

    The University of Washington connects Washington to the world and brings the world to Washington, creating opportunities for our students, our region and our state. In the Pacific Northwest, we innovate through collaboration. This unique spirit of innovation is apparent in the UW’s strategy for global engagement. Vice Provost Jeff Riedinger Rather than establishing UW…

  • A gift from the President of China to GIX

    September 24, 2015

    Global Affairs

    GIX ceremony

    Chinese President Xi Jinping presented the gift of a dawn redwood tree to the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a new partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, during a ceremony at Microsoft headquarters Wednesday. Xi presented UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce, Tsinghua President Qiu Yong and Microsoft President Brad Smith with the…

  • US, Chinese innovation centers fuel low-carbon cities agreement

    September 23, 2015

    Global Affairs

    WA and Sichuan leaders

    The state of Washington and the Chinese province of Sichuan, with the help of leading research universities, have pledged to prioritize clean energy and plans and designs that will encourage the development of climate-smart, low-carbon cities. A memorandum of understanding, called the “2+2 MOU,” was signed Tuesday between the state and province as well as…

  • UW and Shanghai Jiao Tong University collaborate on smart cities

    September 23, 2015

    Global Affairs

    Agreement signing

    Leaders from the University of Washington and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China’s most prestigious public research universities, signed an agreement Wednesday to work together on “smart cities” research, teaching and collaborations. Read more from UW Today...

  • The UW named world's most innovative public university

    September 17, 2015

    Global Affairs


    The University of Washington is the most innovative public university in the world, according to a new ranking by Reuters released Wednesday. The UW is ranked fourth overall, behind only Stanford, MIT and Harvard. “Innovation and turning ideas into action are at the center of everything we do,” UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce said.…