Taiyuan University Delegation May Lead to New STEM Articulation Programs
May 3, 2016
Kennesaw State University’s International Student and Scholar Services Office is working with Taiyuan University of Technology in Shanxi, China to explore opportunities for engineering, computing, and architecture students at both institutions.
On April 27, 2016, ISSSO Director Mark Forehand and Associate Director Dr. Linda Sun met with a delegation from TUT at Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs offices. This is the sixth delegation from universities in China and Taiwan that the ISSSO has hosted since the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.
Yongzhong Zhang, TUT’s Deputy Director of International Cooperation, expressed his great interest in partnering with Kennesaw State to build articulation programs for its engineering, computing and Architecture students. TUT has a long history of partnering with American universities for these kinds of programs, as well as on scholar and student exchanges.
The TUT delegation spent a whole day at Kennesaw State touring both campuses and meeting with deans and department chairs on Marietta Campus. Deputy Dean Professor Thomas Ball from Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology introduced Zhang to the University’s engineering programs, making sure to highlight the majors that both institutions have in common, such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, and environmental engineering.
Department Chair Dr. Frank Tsui from the College of Computing and Software Engineering’s computer science department and Dr. Hisham M. Haddad, chair of the information technology department, also discussed their programs with the delegation. Both Dr. Tsui and Dr. Haddad stated that they will work with the ISSSO to move quickly on cooperative projects with TUT. In addition, Dr. Tonny Rizutto, chair of the architecture department in the College of Architecture and Construction Management led the delegation on a detailed facility tour and shared their success stories of hosting international students.
The meeting between Kennesaw State University and TUT was made possible by math professor Dr. Larry Wang. Wang has an Atlanta business connection with a former graduate of TUT, who recommended that both universities could benefit from working together.
Taiyuan University of Technology’s history goes back to the Western Learning School of Shanxi Grand Academy. Formed in 1902, it was one of the three earliest national universities in China. It has 40,000 students and 72 undergraduate disciplines, 126 Master’s degree programs, 49 Doctorate programs and 11 post-doctorate research centers.
Edited by Patrick Harbin