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The International Engagement of Engineering Education in China: A Historical Case Study of Tsinghua University

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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International Division Technical Session 4

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Zheping Xie Tsinghua University


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Xiaofeng Tang is Associate Professor in the Institute of Education at Tsinghua University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Tang worked as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. He did postdoctoral research in engineering ethics at Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Fujun Jin

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This paper examines the international engagement history of Tsinghua University, the leading institution of engineering education in China. We contend that the tradition of engineering education at Tsinghua resulted from learning from and cooperating with the west, grows with and impacted by domestic missions and international politics. The paper presents the history of engineering education in three phases, through which we aim to illustrate a scenario of how the international engagement influenced engineering education. This paper seeks to enrich and re-energize conversations toward an open and collaborative global community of engineering education at a time of uncertainty amid a global pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions.

Xie, Z., & Tang, X., & Jin, F. (2021, July), The International Engagement of Engineering Education in China: A Historical Case Study of Tsinghua University Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37874

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