Because the World Needs Big Ideas
A great research university leads by the force of its big ideas. Securing the vision for WSU may be the biggest idea of all. Through the Campaign for WSU, the University seeks a historic infusion of private support to leverage its research strengths to generate big ideas for health, food, sustainability, global leadership, and Washington state.
Whether in the United States or in Malawi, a healthy economy depends on healthy communities. Since its founding, WSU has nurtured and cultivated the intricate links among plants, animals, and human health in communities from rural Washington to impoverished Africa.
WSU has proven health education and research strengths within the colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, and strong programs in the College of Sciences combined with the world-renowned expertise represented by the College of Veterinary Medicine.
As a member of the Washington Global Health Alliance and through recent partnerships with the University of Washington and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington State University is in a unique position to leverage its strengths in human and animal health to realize remarkable contributions to advancing health and healthcare worldwide. Through the Campaign for WSU, we will make these areas of strength truly exceptional.
The next revolution in food and agriculture is taking shape around the world. With the nation's second-most diverse agricultural enterprise, the state of Washington is at the center of it all. Building a modern food system that is productive, competitive, sustainable, and safe is of the utmost importance to meet the needs of an ever-growing world population.
Through the Campaign for WSU, the University's renowned plant scientists will build on interdisciplinary strengths to tackle some of the world's most fundamental problems, including hunger, malnutrition, and human health. The result will be sweeping changes in the food and agriculture system, the state's number one industry.
With historic expertise in plant sciences, power, and applied sciences and engineering, WSU's researchers understand that solutions to energy and environmental challenges require interdisciplinary work. By making sustainability a reality, we will find ways to meet current resource needs without compromising future generations.
As a charter member of the state's Clean Tech Alliance and ranked among the top 10 clean tech universities by Sustainable World Capital, WSU is recognized for significant advances in developing accessible and affordable alternative energy resources. Through the Campaign for WSU, we will further leverage our expertise, attract the very top faculty and graduate talent, and support the state's goals in a highly competitive national research arena.
The demand for graduates who can think critically and creatively, navigate in unfamiliar places, appreciate other cultures, speak multiple languages, and adapt their education to emerging careers is increasing. As competition for jobs intensifies, the need expands for professionals who are successful in intercultural, interdisciplinary, diverse, dynamic, and team-driven environments.
Providing quality international and cultural experiences for all college students, whether on their own campuses or overseas, has become a competitive imperative for American universities as we seek to prepare the next generation of leaders to flourish in a global economy.
Through the Campaign for WSU, we seek to multiply the number of students WSU sends abroad and to establish interdisciplinary academic and research programs designed to expand skills for global business, social, and cultural fluency.
As the state's land-grant university, Washington State University's first responsibility is ensuring access to quality higher education for the states residents and preparing the skilled workforce necessary to sustain economic stability and innovation across the state.
WSU is also the university most widely connected to Washington's local communities through WSU Extensions 39 county offices, 10 learning centers, and four Research and Extension centers, and to regional economic centers through our four campuses. This footprint accelerates the University's opportunities for shaping the enterprising ideas, industries, and people who will keep Washington competitive for generations to come.