Office of the President

Recognizing our retirees, Husky style

Call it a commencement of a different sort. Earlier this week, we honored this year’s “class” of UW retirees, faculty and staff members who have retired in the past year. Each of our retirees has been an essential contributor to making this University an outstanding place. And between the 475 people honored in this diverse

Remarks to the Japan Huskies

In Japan, 120 alumni, parents, donors, partners and friends turned out at the Tokyo American Club for a Husky reception on April 15. The event was part of our weeklong goodwill visit to Taiwan and Japan. Below is the official transcript of his remarks from the event. I want to tell you about a very long-lived and

Bringing the world back to the UW

Wherever I travel and meet Huskies, I am reminded what a special place the University of Washington truly is. The UW educates global citizens who are innovators and entrepreneurs working together to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Their work is strengthened by our partnerships at home and abroad; we can better meet the needs

An exciting moment for the UW and Waseda University

It is an especially exciting day for Huskies! Today I signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize a brand new partnership with Waseda University, Japan’s most prestigious private institution. Together, we’ll build Waseda’s new Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology. This is a truly international partnership. It builds upon the UW’s existing innovations in technology

Innovation and entrepreneurism, at home and abroad

Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about innovation and its implementation. One of our key responsibilities as a public research institution is to address our great global challenges. Professor and chair of the UW’s Department of Electrical Engineering and director of the Applied Computational Engineering Laboratory, Vikram Jandhyala, one of the UW’s brightest

Notes from the AUTM Asia Conference

Thank you to the 750+ participants attending my keynote address, Economic Impact of Universities and Research Institutes, at the Association of University Technology Managers – Asia conference in Taipei yesterday. It was an honor to be with you and among so many who share my enthusiasm for innovation. The UW has been developing our own

Celebrating the UW with the Taiwan Huskies

Despite being an ocean away from Seattle, it is simply wonderful to see such strong Husky pride in this extraordinary country. Tonight I met with more than 100 alumni and friends who are part of a long tradition of Huskies living and working in Taiwan. I was honored that Kung-Yee Liang, ’82, president of National

UW ranks among top for return on college investment

The University of Washington ranks fifth among all public and private universities in the country in a survey that estimates the financial return on degrees. “While financial return on investment isn’t the only value in a college degree, being fifth in the nation among all public and private universities certainly validates the power of a

Looking forward to this week’s trip to Asia

Call it an itinerary of opportunity. This week, I’ll travel to Taiwan to attend the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Asia Conference in Taipei to give the AUTM Conference keynote address on innovation and entrepreneurism in higher education based on the UW’s great success in commercialization. In 2013, the UW had a banner year,

Finding fulfillment in fundraising

For university presidents, a significant measure of our success is the amount of money raised for the university. Thus, I am very fortunate for the many enthusiastic and generous supporters of the UW, whose passion for and commitment to their beloved institution often translates into a pledge of financial support. For some in academia, the

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