Top Engineering Schools Hold First Summit About International Exchange

Engineering News-Record

July 7, 2011

By Laura Mirviss

Academic administrators of top university engineering programs in India, Brazil, and China joined U.S. Ivy League counterparts and multinational industry leaders in late June at Columbia University in New York City to discuss opportunities for further global collaboration. This was the first in what the group hopes will be annual meetings to explore potential undergraduate, graduate, and industry partnerships.

Outside the U.S., participating universities included the Indian Institute of Technology, the Brazilian Engineering League, and a consortium of nine Chinese universities. Like the Ivy League, member schools are administered separately but have a history of collaboration. “All of the countries represented are economic and knowledge powerhouses and have consortiums of universities that are well-known, selective, and leading the research agenda of these nations,” says Feniosky Peña-Mora, dean of Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Over the next year, Joseph J. Helble, dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth University in Hanover, N.H., will spearhead a proposal for an international undergraduate design and engineering competition—in which “global” teams of students representing at least two countries will spend either a semester or year working on industry-sponsored practical design problems.

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