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UT Arlington to offer joint software engineering degree with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

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Friday, April 13, 2012

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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington announces the establishment of a joint master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering with a focus on software engineering with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

Representatives from BUPT, one of the top universities in China, are signing a formal agreement on the joint program with UT Arlington officials at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in the president’s conference room, Davis Hall, 701 S. Nedderman Drive.

Fillia Makedon, distinguished professor and chair of the Computer Science & Engineering Department, said the partnership will bring 15 to 20 Chinese students a year to the UT Arlington campus beginning in fall 2013.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to build partnerships not only with these students but with Beijing University and China in general,” Makedon said. “Software engineering is a global field impacting everything and driving innovation. The joint degree will give us the ability to seek other collaborations in the future, with BUPT, a leader in the field of software engineering.”

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, said programs like this build prominence for the college and department.

“International students see that UT Arlington is at the forefront of learning and research,” Bardet said. “We want to attract the best and the brightest from all points of the globe. This program will help us continue to do that.”

The Chinese students will study more than software engineering at UT Arlington, Makedon said.

“We will partner those students with some of our students to show them the Maverick spirit, to share with them our culture and how Texans do business,” Makedon said. “We want to show them our ties to industry and how important that is.”

BUPT will select top students for the program from a pool of hundreds of applicants. Chinese students selected for the program must demonstrate command of the English language, she said.

The program will be managed by Dr. Yonghe Liu, an associate professor of computer science and engineering, assisted by Rong Zhang, a software engineer, who received her master’s degree from Dartmouth College. Makedon said the duo were integral in developing the details of the joint degree program.

The joint degree program is an example of the global outreach under way at The University of Texas at Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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