Three Southern Illinois University Edwardsville leaders spent time in China during May strengthening bonds aimed at enhancing diversity at SIUE.
SIUE Executive Director of International Affairs Mary Weishaar, PhD, School of Engineering Dean Cem Karacal, PhD, and Keqin Gu, PhD, distinguished research professor in the School of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering, spent 10 days visiting the cities of Lanzhou, Beijing and Changshu.
Weishaar renewed an international partnership and met with SIUE travel study students at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou. SIUE’s relationship with Northwest Normal stretches back to 2012, and the University has hosted visiting scholars on a regular basis. While Weishaar was at Northwest Normal, Karacal and Gu visited a prospective partner in Suzhou.
After Weishaar, Karacal and Gu visited new partners at Beijing Institute of Science and Technology University, they traveled to Changshu Institute of Technology. They were introduced to engineering students, who will attend SIUE in a dual degree transfer program. Changshu students enrolled in the dual degree program in fall 2018. Twenty-one Changshu students are expected to join the School of Engineering’s mechatronics and robotics program in January 2020.
“This trip was especially productive as we strive to maintain existing partnerships, develop new partnerships and implement new student exchange programs,” Weishaar said. “Our international partners share many goals with SIUE and show deep commitment to sustaining successful exchanges.”
“These international agreements with institutions promote faculty and student exchange, research collaboration and teaching collaboration,” Karacal said.
PHOTO: SIUE School of Engineering Dean Cem Karacal interacts with engineering students at Changshu Institute of Technology.