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Ana Mari Cauce, Interim President, University of Washington (second from left), and Yong Qui, President, Tsinghua University (third from left), stand with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday in Seattle.

The University of Washington and Tsinghua University today inked a multi-party memorandum of understanding focused on building research and industry collaborations in the clean technology industry.

The two universities, along with the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Province of Sichuan in China, will work together to come up with innovations related to renewable energy generation, smart gird, conversion of natural gas into high-value products, low-carbon transportation, and more.

UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce and Tsinghua University President Yong Qui met today at the Westin Building in downtown Seattle to sign the MOU. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was also present.

The UW and Tsinghua University are already partners, announcing a key partnership this past June to create a new technology graduate school in Bellevue, Wash., backed initially by $40 million from Microsoft. The school, dubbed the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), will mark the first time that a Chinese research institution has established a physical location in the U.S.

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