EDWARDSVILLE — SIUE and a Chinese university are actively following up on an agreement signed this fall that calls for them to collaborate on several engineering programs.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe signed an agreement with China’s Shenyang Aerospace University on Oct. 28 to collaborate on 2+2 programs in the areas of mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.
SAU will seek to recruit students for the 2+2 program. Students will begin their studies at SlUE at the earliest suitable date, the school said.
“Under Dean Hasan Sevim’s leadership, the School of Engineering has been a leader in developing these types of partnerships for SIUE,” said Furst-Bowe. “These collaborative international relationships are a significant growth area for SIUE, and we are positioned quite well to capitalize on these opportunities.”
SAU and SlUE will also seek to initiate SIUE faculty led student exchange programs. The programs most likely will take place during July and August for one to four weeks.
“Our agreement with Shenyang Aerospace University is yet another example of our commitment to the internationalization of this campus,” said Parviz Ansari, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This agreement provides a new opportunity for students and holds the promise of new scholarly collaborations for the faculty members. We fully anticipate our partnership with SAU growing even stronger in the future.”
To further opportunities for collaboration, SAU and SlUE will encourage their faculty to undertake a sabbatical term at the partner institution
“These collaborative programs in mechanical and electrical engineering are emblematic of the partnerships being developed with universities worldwide,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. “With these relationships, the School of Engineering’s awareness and excellent reputation continue to grow throughout the engineering community.”
Currently, the School of Engineering has a partnership with Istanbul (Turkey) Technical University in industrial engineering and another with Tongmyong (South Korea) University in mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering and industrial engineering.