UE Signs Collaboration Agreements with Chinese Universities

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Austin, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Ying Shang, and Dean of the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences Ray Lutgring have been working with the Northeast Electric Power University in Jilin, China, on a cooperative educational program in civil engineering and have signed a formal agreement to begin allowing civil engineering students from NEU to receive a dual degree from both universities through a 3+1 agreement.

Students in the cohort will take courses from UE in China over two summers and will then come to UE’s campus for their senior year. Students may also come to UE for two years and receive a degree from us, or come for three years and transfer back credit to NEU and receive a degree from them.

The goal is to bring between 15-20 students in each year’s cohort and expand a successful agreement to other majors.

Austin, Shang, and Lutgring also traveled to Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, where and met with the president and students of the Northeast Normal University, a teacher preparation college. They will also visit Shenyang, the capital of the Liaoning province on the Northeastern Coast, to meet with officials from Shenyang Jianzhu University. The purpose of these meetings is to begin discussions about collaboration agreements, as well as to sign an artuculation agreement with SJZU.

Austin at Northeast Normal University
This agreement permits Master’s of Engineering students to transfer 9 credits from SJZU into that program as part of a dual master’s degree. Students will complete the degree at UE and receive a master’s degree from both institutions.