Addressing Key 21st Century Challenges

As a leading public research university with interdisciplinary prowess, the UW is uniquely positioned to address 21st century challenges and make an impact. President Michael K. Young’s 2013 Annual Address  emphasized the University’s commitment to addressing the most pressing challenges in the state, the nation and the world.

Some recent examples of how The UW is working to make an impact include the University’s launching of a record 17 startup companies in 2013, the ongoing commitment to the Husky Promise program, the IHME Global Burden of Disease study, the launch of a new online degree completion program and the introduction of an online course on public speaking that reached more than 100,000 people around the globe. Looking ahead, the UW will continue to think creatively and work collaboratively to build and expand on the tradition of excellence while continuing to make a positive impact on people's lives.