Office of Global Affairs


April 21, 2016

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

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…

April 20, 2016

Boosting global health partnerships for Chinese universities

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…

April 12, 2016

For leading nonprofits, global change starts in Seattle

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…

March 7, 2016

UW’s interdisciplinary innovation centers ‘can serve as a model for research institutions’

“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….

January 19, 2016

We the people: Race & equity at the UW

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…

November 20, 2015

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

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.

November 19, 2015

UW dancers describe experiences at Alibaba, Lingyin Temple

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.

November 14, 2015

Alumni from around Asia gather in Shanghai

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

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 look at the bilingual signage, and hearing announcements in Mandarin and English, made it clear this was like no other college basketball game.

November 13, 2015

Seeing the future of building at Disney

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 sciences.

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