Posted 06/19/2015 at 9:43 AM
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The Pacific Northwest will potentially be home to a prominent new technology research institute, which will be the result of a partnership of two universities from two different nations.
The University of Washington will be partnering with one of the leading research universities in China, Tsinghua University, to create a new learning institute. It will be known as the Global Innovation Exchange with the aim of bolstering the educational foundation of the region’s high-tech industry.
Inspiration for this was also due in part to the recent opening of Cornell Tech in New York City, which was due to a partnership with Cornell University and international partner Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The announcement was made on Thursday in Seattle, Washington by various academic and business figures of the area.
Microsoft has already promised $40 million to the institute.
Part of the funding will go towards the construction of a campus in downtown Bellevue, Washington.
Faculty will be culled from the University of Washington and Tsinghua University to start, with an eye on other international partners to join in down the line.
The expected opening date will be the fall of next year, offering a masters degree in technology innovation.