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
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
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