Tsinghua University and University of Washington create groundbreaking partnership with launch of the Global Innovation Exchange Institute
In pursuit of solutions to some of the biggest global challenges, Tsinghua University and the University of Washington are partnering to create the Global Innovation Exchange Institute (GIX), an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators.
With $40 million in foundational support from Microsoft, GIX will bring together students, faculty, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world to collaborate on real-world technology and design projects. Based in a new facility in the Seattle area, this is the first time a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the United States. GIX will open its doors in the fall of 2016 with an inaugural master’s degree in technology innovation, and will grow with additional degree and certificate programs and fields of study over the next decade.
GIX will pioneer new models of global teaching and learning by directly connecting students and faculty through equal collaborations with research-led companies and non-profits in a holistic, project-based environment that will prepare students to help solve a range of global challenges, from the drive for sustainable development to the need for mobile health solutions.
In addition to Tsinghua University and the University of Washington, GIX is being founded under a governance structure that will enable additional world-class research universities to join as equal partners in the future. Additionally, GIX will contribute to the broader innovation ecosystem through partnerships with a select number of world-leading research and development organizations – both companies and non-profit research institutions – with Microsoft being the first of several to support the new Institute in this capacity.
GIX builds upon the UW’s deep and long-standing contributions to innovation in the Puget Sound, particularly in computer science, engineering and electrical engineering, and the life sciences, and more recently defined through a set of initiatives known as the Innovation Imperative. And the institute utilizes Tsinghua’s strengths as the pace-setter for innovation in China and its role as a base for China’s scientific and technological advances. To reflect their broad commitment to computer science education around the world and to the growth and prosperity of the Puget Sound region, Microsoft has committed funding for GIX. The partnership will continue to add partners, including universities, companies and nonprofits, providing even greater opportunities for collaboration.
GIX will be located on Seattle’s eastside in Bellevue’s Spring District, a new urban development built around planned light rail. The location will offer proximity to multiple technology corridors in the greater Seattle area, and is just 10 miles from the UW campus. GIX will be housed in a state-of-the-art facility that will feature computing and design labs, a prototyping facility, and collaboration and presentation spaces.visit: http://news.tsinghua.edu.cn visit: http://gix.tsinghua.edu.cn/
First Cohort of Schwarzman Scholars Start at Tsinghua
An initial enrolment of 111 Schwarzman Scholars have been admitted to the newly formed Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University (SCTU), kicking off their once-in-a-lifetime experience for a Master’s Degree.
All of the students in the program will concentrate on one of three main study areas - Public Policy, Economics & Business, and International Studies. They will also be immersed in an international community of élite thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. Students on the program will be able to discover the many dimensions of China’s different landscapes and cultures.
The 111 students were selected through a rigorous application process designed to evaluate proven intellectual and academic ability, as well as leadership potential, strength of character, ability to anticipate emerging trends, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.
More than 3,000 applications were first reviewed by a distinguished team of readers from around the world, with 300 semi-finalists invited for in-person interviews in Beijing, Bangkok, London or New York before international panels composed of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives, journalists and other leaders.
Taught in English and designed for students of exceptional caliber, courses will draw on some of Tsinghua University’s most accomplished professors and visiting scholars from leading global institutions.
The 111 students are among an exemplary group of individuals from the most prestigious graduate and undergraduate academic institutions in the world. The program will link China and the global community, and offers a profound and distinct perspective on key global issues, helping to shape people with the potential in the future to take up key leadership roles in the world.visit: http://news.tsinghua.edu.cn visit: http://www.ssp.tsinghua.edu.cn
Tsinghua Global Vision Lectures
“Tsinghua Global Vision Lectures” is an initiative launched by Tsinghua University in its effort to educate students with global perspectives. It consists of a series of lectures given by country leaders, Nobel Laureates, world’s leading entrepreneurs, university presidents, and outstanding experts in a wide range of fields. The lecture series constitute a university-level open course which is available to all students in Tsinghua University. These lectures are intended to fall into two groups: Global Leadership Series, including lectures aimed to promote students’ leadership, broaden their view of the world and enhance their ability to compete in a global age; Advanced Studies Series, including lectures aimed to provide students with cutting-edge insights of academic research of all disciplines, be it natural sciences, engineering, liberal arts, social sciences and humanities.
Up to the end of 2015，195 Tsinghua Global Vision Lectures have been successfully organized, over ten thousand students have benefited from this university-level open course. Students are getting insight into the latest development in innovative science and technology and international relations, higher education reform and regional economy and other hot issues of global concern.visit: http://news.tsinghua.edu.cn