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.

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The Global Innovation Exchange Announces GIX Innovation Competition 2017

Download PDF of News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Global Innovation Exchange Announces GIX Innovation Competition 2017 Competition will emphasize innovations focused on connected devices SEATTLE, Wash., April 13, 2017

Shwetak Patel named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

Shwetak Patel, the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, today was named a Fellow of the Association

Global Innovation Exchange Plans Menu of IP Options for Students

The Global Innovation Exchange, a joint effort of the University of Washington and China’s Tsinghua University, is establishing some new models for intellectual property as it begins training what backers