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A Successful Joint Venture for International Engineering Education

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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International Educational Experiences (1)

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Gang Zheng University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

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Dr. Gang Zheng currently is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. He is also a faculty member of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been working with the Joint Institute since 2009, leading advancement in various aspects of the institute. He has led the initial ABET accreditation for both engineering programs of the institute. Previously, Dr. Zheng was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Gannon University in the US. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005. His research interests include embedded systems, rapid prototyping with FPGA, biometrics, and engineering education.

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Yanchun Yang University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

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Yanchun Yang is the director for Academic Affairs Division of UM-SJTU Joint Institute. His division supports the academic mission of the UM-SJTU Joint Institute, helping students fulfill the requirements of the JI, reach the optimal level in personal and professional development, and achieve their academic and career goals. Yanchun has rich experience in Sino-foreign cooperative education, he joined the JI in 2007, he was the Manager of Student Affair from 2007 to 2010, and he was the first President of JI Honor Council. Yanchun earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Manufacturing from Shanghai Jiaotong University, concentrating in computer aided design and Virtual Reality technology (2009). He earned his B.S. in Mechatronics at Shanghai Jiaotong University (2002).

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This paper describes a successful partnership in engineering education between two top universities in China and the US, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and University of Michigan (UM). From 2000, the partnership has evolved from a pilot program in the School of Mechanical Engineering in SJTU to a joint institute (college) within the same university that is called UM-SJTU Joint Institute (JI). The JI has a separate Mechanical Engineering program and an Electrical and Computer Engineering program offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees. Officially approved by the Ministry of Education of China in February 2006, the JI has grown from an unknown college that had difficulty recruiting sufficient undergraduate students to one that is able to attract top students in China with its reputation as a highly competitive and fully internationalized engineering program. The JI is essentially a US system within a Chinese public university. It has been regarded as the special zone and “experimental field” for China’s reform in higher education. It is recognized in China for its autonomous management system, interdisciplinary curricula, internationalized programs, and faculty engagement in teaching and research. By far, a 100% of undergraduate placement for 1,531 graduates has been maintained at the institute. Over 37% of the graduates pursued higher level studies in the top 10 engineering graduate schools in the US. In 2016, both undergraduate programs of the JI acquired ABET accreditation. The goal of JI is to become a highly reputable institution for innovative global engineering education and research activities.

Zheng, G., & Yang, Y. (2017, June), A Successful Joint Venture for International Engineering Education Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27519

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