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 Equity

Social Equity 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.

Join us for the 2018 GIX Innovation Competition Kickoff Event

Join the GIX leadership in the kickoff of the 2018 GIX Innovation Competition! Finalists will be awarded cash prizes and a round-trip trip to Beijing. The deadline to register for the

To breed innovative ideas, start with an innovative space

The ‘heart of the building’ is the second-floor makerspace, where students take their ideas from classes and meetings and turn them into reality.

The Global Innovation Exchange promises to teach students to think big

Initially launched as a joint venture between the University of Washington and China’s Tsinghua University with $40 million in foundational support from Microsoft, GIX is attracting support from universities and

Jill Pfaendtner joins GIX as Director of Operations

We are pleased to announce that Jill Aronson Pfaendtner has joined GIX as Director of Operations. Jill has 15 years of experience working in higher education, most recently as the