UC president visits Future University in Egypt; CIO on trade mission to China; Provost to Germany

UC President Pinto stands in front of a desk with the Future University in Egypt logo.

UC President Dr. Neville G. Pinto headed a delegation to Future University in Egypt (FUE) to renew our strategic partnership agreement in November. This was the president’s first international visit since he took office in February 2017.
The trip was one of the special delegations UC’s top leadership has undertaken in recent months to strengthen our partnerships and further our international engagement. This commitment is part of our strategic direction, Next Lives Here, which includes a focus on urban and global futures.


Future University in Egypt

Dr. Pinto and Vice Provost for International Affairs Raj Mehta traveled to FUE with a group of faculty from several UC colleges for a signing ceremony hosted by FUE President Dr. Ebada Sarhan.

UC and FUE have enjoyed a fruitful relationship. Dr. Pinto traces it to a shared sense of mission within both universities. “Provost Emeritus Tony Perzigian and Vice Provost Raj Mehta have demonstrated keen vision in developing our strategic partnership with FUE. We also owe our appreciation to the faculty of both institutions for their efforts to deepen this international partnership.”

Under the agreement first signed in 2013, UC faculty and administrators have worked with FUE on undergraduate curricula and educator development in disciplines ranging from engineering to economics, political science, information technology, commerce and business administration. The goal is to achieve international accreditation for these UC-certified FUE programs within the next few years.

The new agreement extends to 2024. Within its framework, UC and FUE hope to encourage increased faculty and student mobility, additional research collaborations, and new marketing initiatives between the two universities.


Oxana Prokhorova present a University of Cincinnati pennant to a Chinese tradesman.

Mayor’s trade mission to China

David J. Adams, UC’s chief innovation officer, and Oxana Prokhorova, director of global engagement for the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, took part in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley’s November trade mission to China.

UC was also represented by Leo Chan, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, who serves as a community member of UC International’s strategy group on China. Chan was one of the driving forces behind the trade mission.

The delegation visited 11 cities, traveling over 3000 miles in 17 days to promote business and cultural ties between Cincinnati and cities throughout the republic.

“One of the highlights of the trip was our visit to the city of Chongqing at the invitation of Mayor Tang Liangzhi,” says Prokhorova. “The success of the UC and Chongqing University Joint Co-Op Institute, which just celebrated graduation of its first cohort, received a wide recognition in China.” CQU is one of UC’s strategic partners. The JCI, where students can earn dual bachelor degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering, introduced the cooperative education model to China.

Prokhorova continued her trip with visits to strategic partner Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing University of Technology, Fuzhou University, National Chung Hsing University, Taipei Tech, and Tan Kah Kee College of Xiamen University in Zhangzhou.


Provost visits University Alliance Ruhr

Dr. Kristi A. Nelson, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, led a delegation to Germany in October. Among the other UC administrators on the trip were Dr. Mehta and Dr. Gigi Escoe, vice provost for undergraduate studies and interim dean of the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education.

They visited the member universities of the University Alliance Ruhr: Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Discussions focused on potential collaboration in urban planning and metropolitan research, water research, and other areas of common interest, including nanotechnology, materials engineering, and environmental technology.

Part of the delegation also traveled to the University of Freiburg.