In­no­va­tion ex­change takes root in Wash­ing­ton state

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LINDA DENG in Seat­tle lin­dadeng@chi­nadai­

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

The Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton (UW) and Ts­inghua Univer­sity hosted a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the Global In­no­va­tion Ex­change (GIX) on Fri­day in Belle­vue, Wash­ing­ton, east of Seat­tle.

Wash­ing­ton Gover­nor Jay Inslee spoke, as did Luo Lin­quan, con­sul gen­eral of China in San Fran­cisco; King County Ex­ec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine, UW Pres­i­dent Ana Mari Cauce, Ts­inghua Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Yong Qiu and oth­ers.

With early sup­port from Mi­crosoft, GIX 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 mas­ter’s de­gree.

An ini­tial co­hort of stu­dents be­gan stud­ies in the dual mas­ter’s de­gree pro­gram in Bei­jing this fall and will join newly re­cruited stu­dents in Belle­vue in the fall of 2017.

The GIX cam­pus is lo­cated in Belle­vue’s Spring Dis­trict, and is just 10 miles from the UW cam­pus in Seat­tle and three miles from the Mi­crosoft main cam­pus in Red­mond. The new GIX build­ing will fea­ture de­sign stu­dios, a large mak­ers­pace, elec­tron­ics pro­to­typ­ing labs, and spa­ces for col­lab­o­ra­tion and pre­sen­ta­tions. It is sched­uled to open for the 2017-2018 school year.

“GIX pro­vides a unique plat­form to tackle global chal­lenges in health, sus­tain­abil­ity and so­cial in­no­va­tion,” said Vikram Jand­hyala, UW’s vicepres­i­dent 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.”

One year ago on this day, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, dur­ing his first stop in Wash­ing­ton state, on his first state visit to the United States, pre­sented a dawn red­wood tree as a gift to GIX at Mi­crosoft.

“The rare and pre­cious plant grows fast. It bears bless­ings from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and Pres­i­dent Xi him­self as Ts­inghua alum,” Luo said. “It is his hope and the hope of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment that GIX, with care of all part­ners, will grow faster and pro­duce tal­ents who will make con­tri­bu­tions to the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of both na­tions.”

GIX will be the first time that Ts­inghu has es­tab­lished a phys­i­cal pres­ence in the US.

“In the face of global chal­lenges re­lated to the en­vi­ron­ment, re­sources and health, we need to co­op­er­ate across na­tional bound­aries to find so­lu­tions.

“GIX cre­ates an in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion model that will fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional and in­ter­dis­ci­plinary in­te­gra­tion for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions. It will be a mul­ti­lat­eral open plat­form to cul­ti­vate young global lead­ers with tech­ni­cal tal­ent, an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said Ts­inghua Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Qiu Yong.

“We are very proud of our long­stand­ing ties with China. And Ts­inghua Univer­sity is the pace­set­ter for in­no­va­tion in China and (in) its role as a base for China’s sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances,” UW Pres­i­dent Ana Mari Cauce said.


From left: Wash­ing­ton Gover­nor Jay Inslee, Ts­inghua Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Yong Qiu, Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton Pres­i­dent Ana Mari Cauce and Luo Lin­quan, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in San Fran­cisco, at­tend a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for Global In­no­va­tion Ex­change GIX) in Belle­vue, Wash­ing­ton, on Satur­day.

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