Office of the President

Transforming Lives

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 TAIPEI — I often say that the most important task of the University of Washington is to transform lives—that the UW should have such an impact on our students, our colleagues, and our patients that their lives are changed in profoundly important ways. It was, therefore, with great pleasure that I

“Blue House” to Dawg’s House

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 SEOUL — The official residence and executive office of the President of South Korea is affectionately referred to as the Blue House. The stunning structure sits against a green hillside surrounded by broad, inviting gardens, which in turn are surrounded by very uninviting stone walls. While not particularly blue, the Blue

Complexity and Contradiction

Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 SEOUL —  As I prepared for this trip to Korea, more than a few friends asked, “You’re not really going to Korea right now, are you?”  Their concern was fueled, of course, by the nuclear test in North Korea and the rising tensions over it.  I replied that, as a student

Delegation heads for Seoul

 I am part of a Washington state delegation on a seven-day mission to South Korea and Taiwan to promote Washington products and services. Gov. Christine Gregoire is heading the delegation, which includes business, agriculture and education representatives.  Just like I did while in China this past summer, I hope to update my blog when time permits, so

2006 President’s Annual Address

In his annual address to the university community, UW President Mark Emmert reviews key issues and accomplishments from the past year and reports on efforts to ensure that the University is well positioned to meet the challenges of the future. The University’s commitment to providing a rich learning experience for an excellent and diverse student

Sleepless in Sydney — World Cup fever

Friday, June 23 (Down Under, Thursday in Seattle) Since the U.S. soccer team had already been eliminated from World Cup play and since I had been in Australia for all of 12 hours or so, it only made sense to change allegiances. Besides, how can you resist cheering for a team that calls itself the

Shanghai: a 21st century boomtown

Tuesday, June 20 If Beijing is a bustling, modern city, then Shanghai is an explosion of urban energy. The new skyline — nicely featured in Mission Impossible III — has emerged from what was literally a pasture and farmland the last time I was here. To stand at the famous Bund and look across the

Educational change, UW volleyball and American cheeseburgers

Sunday, June 18 Summer has certainly arrived in Beijing, with 90-degree weather and uncommonly clear blue skies – the usual brown cloud of smog leaving at least for the weekend.  Streets and sidewalk shops and restaurants are jammed with families enjoying the bit of perfect weather. Saturday also brought with it an opportunity to talk

Digital communication has transformed our world and how we live in it

Friday, June 16 Today began and ended with two reminders of just how tightly connected our planet is becoming. First thing this morning, I discussed an issue on state policy with WSU President Lane Rawlins. Then as I rode back to the hotel from a late dinner this evening, I received comments on my first

Wednesday morning, June 14th

As I began my Asia trip in Hong Kong, I was reminded of my last visit here, nearly nine years ago. On that trip, I had the pleasure of attending an academic gathering to witness the transition of Hong Kong from British to Chinese oversight. It was an exciting, historical moment, but I also recalled

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