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College Collaborates with Universities in China, Colombia, India, Indonesia

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Collaboration with universities around the globe will benefit both the College of Engineering and its counterparts, in part because of four agreements that have been signed in recent weeks.

Dean J.P. Bardet and Assoc. Dean Anand Puppala welcomed a delegation from India's GITAM University.

Former Dean J.P. Bardet and Assoc. Dean Anand Puppala welcomed a delegation from India's GITAM University.

In May alone, the College has hosted representatives from GITAM University in India, Harbin Engineering University in China, and Universitas Indonesia, and Associate Dean for Research Anand Puppala visited Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in Colombia, all for the purpose of creating meaningful partnerships to benefit the institutions’ research activities and students.

According to Puppala, UTA currently has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GITAM University that governs faculty exchanges, but the goal is to expand the agreement. “My goal is to recruit undergraduate students for our M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The president of  GITAM University, Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthy, wants to send their faculty here to learn about research, then have our faculty and theirs collaborate,” he explained.

President Sánchez - García of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana shakes hands with Dr. Puppala after signing the agreement.

President Jorge Peláez of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana shakes hands with Dr. Puppala after signing the agreement.

The new MOU with Pontificia Universidad Javeriana will promote research collaboration and offer internships for their students to come to UTA during the summer and work in faculty labs, with an eye toward enticing them to return to pursue a graduate degree. Dr. Diego Pérez, a UTA Engineering alumnus, is head of the Civil Engineering Department at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

According to Stathis Meletis, chair of UTA’s Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department, the MOU with Universitas Indonesia will establish a dual Master of Science program in MSE. It will also foster more research interaction between faculty at the two universities. “This MOU will help us expand our M.S. and Ph.D. programs, as well as our research collaboration with international institutions,” Meletis explained.

Dean Bardet greets the delegation from Universitas Indonesia.

Former Dean Bardet greets the delegation from Universitas Indonesia.

UT Arlington has an MOU in place with Harbin Engineering University. During their visit, the universities agreed on a new dual M.S. degree program in MSE. They will explore similar opportunities with the Mechanical and Aerospace and Electrical Engineering Departments, and are exploring the creation of a joint Ph.D. program and additional faculty exchanges.

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