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Migrating From United Kingdom To United States As A New Faculty Member

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Faculty Development: Creating successful NEEs

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New Engineering Educators

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12.1067.1 - 12.1067.23



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Abul Azad Northern Illinois University

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Osman Tokhi University of Sheffield, UK.

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1. Introduction

Immigration is a well known process and for various reasons, people move from one part of the world to another. The United States (US) is known as the country of immigrants and every year a large number of people are migrating to the US through different means. According to the Department of Homeland Security statistics, around 1.12 million foreign nationals were granted lawful permanent residence to the US during 2005 1.

In 2001, the lead author migrated from the United Kingdom (UK) with a faculty position at a US University. He has completed his BSc and MSc from Bangladesh and obtained his PhD (control and systems engineering) from the University of Sheffield (UK). He lived in the UK for around thirteen years and was involved with educational and research activities. The co-author obtained his BSc from Kabul University (Afghanistan) and PhD from Heriot-Watt University (UK) in 1988. He worked at various academic and industrial establishments since graduation in 1978 and is currently employed as a Reader in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield (UK).

The UK and US have a special relationship considering the warm political, diplomatic, historical, and cultural ties and the US being a member nation of the Commonwealth of Nations. Although the US maintains close relationships with other countries, the level of cooperation in military planning, execution of military operations, nuclear weapon technology sharing, and intelligence sharing between the US and UK are unparalleled . Even having this warm relationship, these two countries differ in many ways. Obviously, the educational systems and research infrastructure are also different; with each having its merits and demerits.

The paper presents the migration experience, while highlighting the differences between the two countries. In addition to identifying the differences, the paper will discuss their relative merits and demerits. The next section describes the contrast between the UK and US in terms of demography and weather, social welfare, transportation, law and order, social practices, and political systems. Section three illustrates the UK education system with an emphasis on higher education highlighting the qualifications, quality control measures, and funding arrangement. Section four illustrates research evaluation, funding sources, and manpower. Section five presents the faculty progression and practices. Section six describes the lead author’s personal experience through the migration and related discussions. These are followed by the conclusions and references.

Submitted to 2007 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (New Engineering Educators Division), June 24-27, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Azad, A., & Tokhi, O. (2007, June), Migrating From United Kingdom To United States As A New Faculty Member Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1878

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