Oakland University signs educational agreement with Changchun University of Technology

Recognizing the world wide need for engineers with broad international experience, on September 21, 2012, Oakland University (OU) Interim Vice President and Provost Susan Awbrey and Changchun University of Technology (CCUT) Vice President Ying Xi signed an agreement to implement a joint undergraduate program in mechanical engineering.  

In the program, students will spend their first two years studying at CCUT taking courses which mirror those taken in the first two years of study at OU. Then, the students will transfer to OU for their last two years and upon completion of degree requirements, they will receive two Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering: one from OU and one from CCUT.  To help ease the transition of CCUT students to the USA educational system and to American culture, some of the courses will be taught at CCUT by OU professors. Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Louay Chamra said, “The School of Engineering and Computer Science is very excited about this opportunity to emphasize the global aspects of engineering. I believe that OU students will benefit as much as the CCUT students as they will perform projects and laboratories assignments with international students thus increasing their global awareness and knowledge.”
 
Other goals of the agreement include additional cooperation between the two universities, increasing the international standing of each university and promoting friendship between China and the USA. Future plans include expansion of the undergraduate program to other majors a joint Master’s of Science program and enhanced research cooperation between faculty.  Mechanical Engineering Professor Laila Guessous will be the first OU professor to teach at CCUT in the summer of 2013.  She commented, “I have been deeply impressed by the dedication of the CCUT faculty and administration to make this program a success.  I am sure I will learn as much from the CCUT professors as they learn from me.” Initial demand for the program by CCUT students has been high, for the Fall semester (2012) 135 students have enrolled in the program and will transfer to OU in the Fall of 2014.  For further information on the program please contact program coordinators:
 
Professor Gary Barber, 248 370-2184, barber@oakland.edu
Professor Lian Yang, 248 370-2283, yang2@oakland.edu