What Makes GIX Unique?

GIX is a global partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University

GIX brings together industry, students and entreprenurial work in one integrated space

GIX fosters team-based innovation, driving solutions from idea to impact

GIX at a Glance

Some quick facts about the Global Innovation Exchange

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

GIX’s interdisciplinary curriculum and project‐based coursework train students to take an innovation from concept to development and on to launch.

15‐Month Masters or 21-Month Dual Degree Program

Earn the UW Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) by itself or a dual degree that includes the MSTI and Tsinghua University’s Master of Engineering in Data Science and Information Technology.

A New Model

Emphasis on the interplay between design thinking, technology development, and entrepreneurship prepares students to contribute solutions to a range of global challenges and business needs.

Fostering a Collaborative Learning Environment

GIX brings top faculty and learners from across disciplines and around the world to work in close collaboration with professionals and entrepreneurs from diverse industries.


Human civilization requires resources to sustain our modern way of life. From renewable energy, to environmental protection, to clean water and more, GIX seeks ways to mitigate our impact on the environment.



According to the WHO, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60% of all deaths. GIX asks, how can we reach the highest level of health for all people?


Social Innovation

Social Innovation is a cooperative approach to focusing on new work, bridging resources, research institutions, companies, or other organizations.  GIX focuses on new forms of collaboration.


Global Partnership

GIX builds on the strengths of its partners. It is co-directed by leaders from partner institutions, and courses are co-created and taught by experts from academia and industry. The first academic partners are the University of Washington and Tsinghua University.

An Institute Supported By

Microsoft, the first lead industry partner, provided $40 million in initial funding and is committed to GIX’s long-term growth and success. This reflects Microsoft’s broader commitment to STEM education around the world and to the growth and success of the greater Seattle region.

Recent Posts

Read the latest news about GIX.

GIX Innovation Competition Announces Winners

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GIX Innovation Competition Announces Winners First Annual Competition Emphasized Projects for Connected Devices   Seattle, Wash., Nov. 23, 2016—The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a partnership between

School for innovation breaks ground in Bellevue

An unusual center for learning is taking shape in Bellevue. It’s a partnership between the University of Washington, Microsoft and Tsinghua University in China to build a school for innovation.

Innovation exchange takes root in Washington state

A global innovation partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University has taken its first step toward becoming a reality. Read more in China Daily.

Inside GIX: This program could be as important to Seattle as Stanford was for Silicon Valley

Washington’s most prominent public university and China’s version of MIT on Friday broke ground on the Global Innovation Exchange, a first-of-its-kind technology graduate program that could become as important to