June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
15.60.1 - 15.60.8
A Multinational 1+2+1 Electrical Engineering Program
A consortium of American universities and Chinese universities has been formed to make a multinational dual-degree program. All American universities belong to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Chinese universities to the China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE). These universities agreed on the policies regarding the program, with the basic foundation being that it is a 1+2+1 program. While the program applies to various degrees, for Electrical Engineering the 1+2+1 program implies that Chinese students who have finished basic math and science requirements in China can study for two years at a university in the United States belonging to the consortium, and then return to their home institutions in China to finish their college degrees. Students who participate in this program are awarded degrees from the two institutions the students have attended. Further, each of the AASCU universities choosing to participate in this program makes its own policies, which are also customized in a major-by-major basis. This paper describes the steps taken by the Electrical Engineering Program at Eastern Washington University (EWU) towards planning and implementing the dual degree, which already has been in-place for three years. While providing specifics about Electrical Engineering, a general overview of the program is also included, as well as the lessons learned during the process.
The world economy has shifted from a few central foci of highly developed countries to a globalized one where several emerging economies are catching up with first world countries . A few cases distinguish themselves with an even faster pace of economic growth than others, such as China, Singapore, India, South Korea, etc. China has maintained a growth rate close to 10% in the last few years, as reported by various news organizations, and is expected to surpass the United States as the top economy in the world by 2027 .
A part of the rapid growth of the Chinese economy lies in the support given by the Chinese government to the advancement of sciences, math and engineering. As part of this push, the China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE)  was formed to enhance and promote the cooperation of Chinese with foreign universities. Among the various mandates of
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