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UC Advances Partnership with Chongqing University

UC's Division of Professional Practice & Experiential Learning and the College of Engineering and Applied Science have taken further steps in implementing UC's top-ranked co-op model and engineering curricula in China.

Date: 9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Cohen
Phone: (513) 556-4535

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The University of Cincinnati’s globally renowned cooperative education program will soon have a new home base in China – at Chongqing University (CQU), one of that nation’s largest, leading institutions and home to a premier engineering college.

On July 8, a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established a Joint Co-op Institute between the two universities. The agreement called for UC to provide experience and expertise in establishing a mandatory co-op program in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Chongqing. In addition the agreement called for an establishment of UC’s curriculum and offering of UC faculty instruction in those two majors.   

UC Faculty meeting with the President, Vice Presidents, and Faculty at Chongqing University
University of Cincinnati and Chongqing University celebrating the establishment of the first co-op institution in China. UC banner held by Dean Lim, Senior Vice Provost Nelson, and President Zhou

During the week of September 15, faculty from the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL), the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), and the Office of the Provost visited Chongqing University. Faculty had the opportunity to meet with the President of Chongqing and faculty and staff from all levels of the university.

The partnership between universities will enhance the education of both UC and Chongqing students. Initially, the agreement will affect only students enrolling in the two programs, mechanical and electrical engineering, at Chongqing, however, the partnership will provide future experiential learning opportunities to UC students for study abroad and international co-op experiences in China. ProPEL is working with CEAS to create two engineering teaching assistant co-op positions at Chongqing University.

 While in China, faculty also had the opportunity to meet with the CQU’s Division of Professional Practice and interact with the engineering students enrolled in the co-op program. The students are required to pass an English exam for entrance to the program and their strong English speaking skills were evident in the Q&A session with the UC faculty. The students are excited to be part of this new program at CQU.

Students at Chongqing University
Students at Chongqing University.

In addition, UC’s faculty met with several potential co-op employers, one of those being Changan Ford, one of the top 10 automotive manufactures in China. Job development in China is critical to the success of the program. Co-op is a new concept for China and these initial company visits allowed UC to learn the employers interests as well as their concerns. The company visits allowed UC to develop a solid strategy for job development.

UC faculty and students will be returning to China in two weeks along with President Santa J. Ono to sign the official university agreement and to hold a three-day orientation with our students. This will officially kick off the first UC semester at CQU.

  • In the first four years, students participating in the Joint Co-op Institute will receive engineering instruction in English, based on UC’s mechanical or electrical engineering programs and led by UC engineering faculty based short- or long-term in China and with support from Chongqing faculty. Most of the courses will be taught on-site, with some delivery of instruction via technology.
  • In their fifth and final year, the Chinese students enrolled in the Joint Co-op Institute will take all their courses on UC’s campus.
  • Following the UC co-op model, these students will begin co-oping with employers in China in fall 2014 or spring 2015. They will integrate five semesters of paid, co-op work experience into their education degrees.
  • Learn more about Chongqing University, a national, comprehensive institution, located in a major cultural, educational and economic municipality that serves as a center of industry and commerce in southwest China.