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U Washington, Tsinghua U Create Global Innovation Exchange

The University of Washington (UW) and Tsinghua University in China have partnered to create the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a new educational institution in Bellevue, WA focused on technology and design.

The GIX's first degree program will be a 15-month Master of Science in Technology Innovation featuring a multidisciplinary, project-based curriculum. While the program is still pending approval from the UW Graduate School, the GIX plans to open the program in the fall of 2016 with an initial cohort of 30 to 35 students. The GIX hopes to add more degree and certificate programs in other fields of study over the next decade and enroll more than 3,000 students by the year 2025.

Microsoft provided the GIX with $40 million in foundational support. Over time, the GIX hopes to add other universities, companies and nonprofit research organizations as partners. According to information from the University of Washington, the GIX will be a place for students, faculty, professionals and entrepreneurs to collaborate on real-world technology and design projects. By partnering with Tsinghua University, the GIX hopes to strengthen education and business relationships with China.

The GIX will be located in a new facility in proximity to multiple technology corridors in the greater Seattle area and "will feature computing and design labs, a prototyping facility, and collaboration and presentation spaces," according to a statement from the University of Washington.

Further information about the Global Innovation Exchange can be found on the University of Washington's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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