Office of the President

October 9, 2014

Boundless opportunities to serve Spokane

Michael K. Young

This summer, leaders from the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Spokane community met three times in an effort to develop a collaborative path forward for expanding medical education and research in Spokane. Both Universities came to the table with different perspectives on how best to meet the economic and workforce needs of…


October 3, 2014

UW and WSU announce Memorandum of Understanding on medical education expansion

University of Washington

Leadership at the University of Washington and Washington State University have reached an agreement that will mutually dissolve their WWAMI partnership and provide a pathway to pursue separate solutions to address the state’s medical education needs and physician shortage. In order to provide the greatest benefit to the state and to meet the significant demand…


October 1, 2014

Questioning the answer on the STEM shortage

Michael K. Young

There’s a talent shortage brewing in the Pacific Northwest. As the boundless opportunities continue to grow in our backyard, critical fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are demanding more highly trained leaders, doers and thinkers. In fact, the Boston Consulting Group projects a shortage of 25,000 jobs in the next couple of years,…


September 29, 2014

UW Professional and Continuing Education — access for all

Michael K. Young

A restless passion for serving the citizens of Washington state has inspired the UW’s mission for more than 150 years, and our continuing education program — known as UW Professional & Continuing Education (UWPCE) — has been a huge contributor to our success. Since UWPCE’s inception in 1912, its goal has remained the same: to…


September 23, 2014

President Young welcomes students to the UW at Freshman Convocation

University of Washington

Video: President Michael Young’s speech at the 2014 Freshman Convocation Freshman Convocation Sept. 21, 2014 Speech transcript WELCOME to the University of Washington. I remember what seems not so many years ago sitting in seats very much like those in which you are sitting when I was being oriented as a freshman. I remember days…


September 16, 2014

Celebrating the launch of Startup Hall

Michael K. Young

Seattle is a global hub for innovation, and much of that spirit and mindset begins at the UW. Our shared passion for entrepreneurism unites us as a university and a community of change creators. We are committed to fostering innovation, not just because of its economic impact, but because we know it can create a…


August 20, 2014

Kids in college: The new role of parents

Michael K. Young

Acceptance into a university is a defining moment in the life of a student. And for parents, it is similarly pivotal. After taking some time to savor the news and celebrate, many parents relish the vision of their son or daughter standing on the threshold of independence and a new identity, ready to embark on…


August 14, 2014

Addressing sexual assault at the University of Washington

Michael K. Young

Students are the University’s and my highest priority, from learning opportunities and personal growth experiences to safety and equality. In my conversation with KUOW Public Radio‘s Marcie Sillman today, we discussed how the UW is actively addressing sexual assault, as well as student-athlete compensation. You can listen to it online at kuow.org.


August 13, 2014

Research support from the NIH helps

Michael K. Young

What does it take to be the first in innovation, to solve the challenges that face our region, our country and our world? Certainly, it takes tenacious, brilliant minds, with a drive not only to answer the questions but also to question the answers. And, just as importantly, it takes a strong, consistent commitment of…


August 7, 2014

Creating an epicenter of commercialization

Michael K. Young

At its heart, commercialization moves ideas with impact into the lives of people who benefit most. Right here on campus, our students are going beyond improving lives; they are cultivating a lifelong passion for discovery that leads entrepreneurism in our region and our country. At the UW, we are committed to fostering commercialization because we…


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