Burns Hargis, the President of Oklahoma State University, led a delegation to visit SWJTU on this April. The two sides used this opportunity to celebrate what they’ve achieved so far and shape their plans for the future.
During the past decade, SWJTU has been working closely with its foreign counterpart to keep reinforcing their cooperative relationship, from signing the Memorandum of Understanding in 2008 to establishing their strategic partnership in 2012. Burns Hargis, since his assuming the office of the president in 2008, has been promoting the cooperation between the two universities.
To cultivate more global talents and deliver world-class teaching and research, the two universities decided to set up a collaborative dual degree program, planing to future extend the partnership. The initiative was approved by the Ministry of Education of China in 2016.
President Xu Fei spoke highly of the significance of the cooperative relationship between the two universities, and emphasized the shared commitments to addressing future skills requirements and opening up new research opportunities.
“The program will benefit the students from both countries, providing them with a unique experience as they access an enhanced curriculum,” said Xu.
“SWJTU excels in engineering education and that’s why we always hope to develop our international reach and profile by reinforcing combination with SWJTU, which has particular strengths in transport-related engineering,” said Hargis.
Paul Tikalsky, the Dean of College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, briefed the attendees on the preparation of the program.