SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe signs a memorandum of
A delegation from SIUE visited South Korea and China from June 7-18 to strengthen and promote SIUE’s dual diploma programs and to broaden its global presence.
The group, including SIUE Chancellor Julie First-Bowe, School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim, School of Education Dean Bette Bergeron, Center for International Programs Director Ron Schaefer, Computer Science Chair Dennis Bouvier, Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Oktay Alkin, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Chair Felix Lee, and Mechanical Engineering Chair Keqin Gu, visited Tongmyong University in Busan, South Korea; Shenyang Aerospace University; Shenyang Ligong University; Shenyang University of Chemical Technology; and Shenyang Jianzhu University in Liaoning, China.
The School of Engineering had been working on the curricula details with Tongmyong University in Busan, South Korea, for nearly six months. While in South Korea, SIUE Chancellor Julie First-Bowe signed a memorandum of understanding on June 11.
“This is a huge step for the internationalization of our campus,” said Sevim. “These students will bring their unique culture, new perspectives and a high level of academic potential. This is very rewarding for both SIUE and our partners.”
The agreement involves Tongmyung University officials selecting a group of students who will begin the program at their university as freshman and sophomores. The students will transfer to SIUE to complete their junior and senior years.
Upon graduation, the South Korean students will receive their respective diplomas from both Tongmyung University and SIUE. Students can major in mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering and industrial engineering. The first group of 40-50 South Korean students is expected to arrive at SIUE in fall 2014.
In addition to sharing students, the dual degree program agreement also offers opportunities for faculty exchange, summer programs and cooperative research.
While in China, SIUE officials were hosted by Shenyang Aerospace University where School of Engineering staff worked on common curricula with their counterparts in various engineering disciplines. It is anticipated that negotiations will be finalized in August for a third dual diploma program.
SIUE currently has a dual diploma program with Istanbul Technical University. The joint-diploma program in industrial engineering is the first of its kind between the United States and Turkey.
Pictured are the five students from Guru Nanak Institutions
Representatives from Guru Nanak Institutions (GNI), including Managing Director Dr. Harvinder Singh Saini, and five students visited SIUE May 31 – June 3 to meet with faculty from the School of Engineering and tour the campus.
“SIUE watches for opportunities to collaborate with India and other international partners,” said Dr. Ron Schaefer, director of the SIUE Center for International Programs. “The potential for partnership between two universities is increased when both share the same values.”
GNI’s technical campus is located in Hyderabad, which is found in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The technical campus houses schools in Engineering and Technology, Management, Pharmacy, and Computer Applications.
SIUE administrators impressed Saini while attending a convention in India in September 2012. After meeting with School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim and Schaefer, Saini was convinced that SIUE was a good match for his students.
SIUE made a big effort to show various aspects of the School of Engineering and the campus, said visiting student Gosukonda Sai Alekhya. "I would like to come to SIUE," she said. "I've liked everything I've seen so far."
"I feel at home here," said Perla Shruti Purushottam. "The campus is good and serene. It's interesting to learn about the different projects the computer science department is working on. It inspires me."
“The students are in search of a quality education, affordability and a safe campus,” said Sevim. “The School of Engineering is interested in recruiting quality students to its graduate programs and exploring the exchange of knowledge of the faculty from both institutions.”