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.

Could this small device solve sexual assault threats?

Soon you, your daughter, sister or wife can wear a tiny hidden device that will call for help in case of trouble, even if there’s no smartphone coverage.

GIX Team Saffron enters the home stretch in competition for Women’s Safety XPRIZE

GIX students near the finish line in a competition to create a wearable sensor device that sends wireless alerts to emergency services in threatening situations.

Blending technology and biology to make life safer, easier to understand

We’re still on the forefront of seeing what the blending of biology and technology might be able to do.

Global Innovation Exchange Announces 2018 GIX Innovation Competition

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) today announced that it is accepting applications for its third GIX Innovation Competition. The competition, for full-time university students or innovators who have graduated within