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China-US tech school campus starts operation

By Fang Tian (People's Daily Online)    08:13, September 28, 2017

A building in the school (Xu Linzi)

After five years’ planning, Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a Seattle-based new tech graduate school co-established by China and the US, held a ceremony to announce the official use of a research and teaching building on Sept. 14, People’s Daily reported on Sept. 26.

GIX is partnered by two world’s leading research universities, China’s Tsinghua University and Seattle’s University of Washington, to create an innovative education model and cultivate young global leaders. Microsoft Corporation also provided $40 million for the initiative.

The research and teaching building, named after Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, is the main piece of architecture on the campus, located on Seattle’s Eastside in Bellevue’s Spring District. The 3-floor building is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that will feature computing and design labs, a prototyping facility, and collaboration and presentation spaces.

Presidents of Tsinghua University, University of Washington, and Microsoft attended the launch ceremony on Sept. 14.

Now, GIX has taken the lead of international cooperation, interdisciplinary studies, and innovative education models, and will have stronger ability to deal with global challenges, said Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University.

The idea brought up five years ago at a breakfast meeting was materialized. The school was built. In addition, it welcomes other world-class research universities to join as equal partners. It is quite amazing, said Ballmer.

The tech school is a fruit of the 6th Round of China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, and a groundbreaking partnership between universities and business, according to People’s Daily.

It is the first time that a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the US, said Chinese Consul General Luo Linqun in San Francisco. More than 30 students around the globe will study there starting from mid-September, and over 3,000 students are expected to graduate from the school in the next decade.

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