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University of Washington, Tsinghua University Come Together to Celebrate Groundbreaking for New Global Innovation Exchange Building in Bellevue’s Spring District
Ceremony welcomes civic, corporate and academic leaders, as well as the presidents of both universities
BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 23, 2016 – The University of Washington and Tsinghua University host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) today in Bellevue. Washington Governor Jay Inslee makes remarks, as do King County Executive Dow Constantine, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, Tsinghua University President Yong Qiu, and other dignitaries.
A global partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, with early support from Microsoft, GIX will help elevate the greater Seattle region as a center of innovation. Located in Bellevue’s Spring District in a nearly 100,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility, the GIX building will feature design studios, a large makerspace, electronics prototyping labs, and spaces for collaboration and presentations. It is scheduled to open in time for the 2017-2018 school year.
In addition to this milestone, GIX is also moving forward on other fronts. The program is now accepting applications for the inaugural fall 2017 class with students able to apply for UW’s Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree and the GIX dual masters’ degree. An initial cohort of students began their studies in the dual masters’ degree program in Beijing this fall and will join newly recruited students in Bellevue in fall 2017.
“GIX provides a unique platform to tackle global challenges in health, sustainability, and social innovation,” said Vikram Jandhyala, UW’s vice president for innovation strategy and UW co-CEO of GIX. “Breaking ground is a great way to celebrate the concrete progress we’re making across a number of fronts to bring this program to fruition.”
During the ceremony, Tsinghua University unveils a plaque created to commemorate GIX’s role in fostering international collaboration in higher education. The plaque symbolizes UW and Tsinghua’s strong partnership and vision for GIX and will be installed in the community plaza connected to the GIX building.
About The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)
The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a global partnership between major research universities in collaboration with innovative corporations and NGOs to develop thought leaders in innovation. The University of Washington and Tsinghua University are the first two academic partners, with early support from Microsoft. GIX pioneers new forms of teaching and learning by connecting world-class learners and faculty with research-led companies and NGOs to collaborate on solutions to global challenges.
About the University of Washington
Ranked by Reuters as the most innovative public university in the world, the University of Washington is working to find solutions to today’s major challenges, from autism and Ebola to poverty and environmental sustainability. We are more than one of the world’s leading public research universities: we are an outstanding community of students and faculty united by a steadfast belief in what’s possible.
About Tsinghua University
Established in 1911 and situated in northwestern Beijing, Tsinghua University has been named one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Drawing on a rich local tradition of academic excellence, it is a pacesetter for innovation in China. Today, Tsinghua University is among the most selective universities in the world, a trusted global partner for thousands of researchers and academics, a first port of call for world business and political leaders, and an invaluable bridge for international students seeking a deeper understanding of China.
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