San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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“One Challenge, two Countries: A Dual Aerospace Engineering Bachelorsdegree program between New Mexico State University and the UniversidadAutónoma de Chihuahua”This paper details the establishing, articulation and progress of a pioneering strategic partnershipdirected to offer a dual degree program in the field of Aerospace Engineering. The universitiesleading this initiative are New Mexico State University and the Universidad Autónoma deChihuahua, which are located in the border states of New Mexico, USA, and Chihuahua,Mexico. The trust-based nature of this collaboration is anchored in a long tradition of academicand cultural collaboration between these institutions. The ultimate goal of the program is to set amodel for international academic collaboration where student mobility, curriculum exchange,and transferring of credits are no longer a challenge but a reality. In this paper, the authorsinclude a brief description of the partner institutions, including mission, history, size, resourcesand distinctive characteristics, as well as academic program structure, operating principles andadministrative procedures that are guiding this partnership. Additionally, this paper documentsthe student’s selection process and the enrollment requirements, as well as challenges faced bystudents, such as language barriers, uneven academic preparedness, cultural shock andadaptation, housing, timing of student visa requesting process, and financial constrains anddifficulties. The complete program requires 203 credit hours, 163 from UACH and 33-40 credithours from NMSU. The first cohort of students started at UACH in the fall of 2007 and iscurrently enrolled at NMSU with expected graduation date on December 2011. Since Fall 2007,every semester an average of 20 students has been transferred from UACH to NMSU as part ofthis program. Although the Dual Aerospace Engineering program was originally designed tobenefit Mexican students to attain a college degree in the US, it is expected that in a short future,students from the US will be interested to start their college career at UACH in Mexico with thesubsequent benefit of cost reduction and the international experience that constitutes and asset totheirs own career development. As it was agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding, thisagreement has been reviewed and modified by mutual consent when required to ensure theoptimum level of performance. This paper documents the significance and impact of the presentacademic collaboration on the engineering communities of both countries.
Olague, I., & Leslie, I. H., & Burton, T. D., & Torres Knight, R. R. (2012, June), One Challenge, Two Countries: A Dual Aerospace Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program Between New Mexico State University and the University Autonomous of Chihuahua Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21755
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