Chinese President Xi Jinping presented the gift of a dawn redwood tree to the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a new partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, during a ceremony at Microsoft headquarters this past week.
Xi presented UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce, Tsinghua President Qiu Yong, and Microsoft President Brad Smith with the tree, which is native to China and will be planted at the new GIX facility upon its completion.
Established with foundational support from Microsoft, GIX will bring together students, faculty, experts and entrepreneurs in a project-based, globally focused learning environment. This hub for innovation will be located at a new facility in Bellevue’s Spring District. (end)