"Responding to the challenges of the 21st century will require more interdisciplinary approaches to education, knowledge creation and the application of new knowledge. Collaborative efforts involving people with in-depth disciplinary strengths focused on complex problems are becoming essential to making progress on the most pressing challenges confronting our region, our nation and our world."
— Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University is bringing together faculty and students from across the campus to address important regional and global challenges through interdisciplinary centers and institutes as well as university-wide initiatives focused on
These university-wide undertakings reach beyond individual schools, flourishing in interdisciplinary environments in which faculty and student perspectives across disciplines address society’s most complex issues. As Washington University develops effective solutions to these social dilemmas of interest and concern to citizens and policymakers alike, the university’s quality and its local and global impact increase.