New academic options available for students who want to go global

2/8/2017 10:16:04 AM

M.S. program for the new generation of global engineers

Global CEE is a new M.S. program within the department that is designed to give students a foundation in the skills required to become engineering leaders and managers, while providing global experience along the way.

The competitive program will take two years to complete and features a summer internship at an international or U.S. civil or environmental engineering firm, a semester abroad, and professional practice seminars with CEE alumni and corporate partners. Students must also complete all of the same technical requirements for the non-thesis Master’s degree.

Jeffery Roesler
Jeffery Roesler

“The practice of the civil and environmental engineering profession has expanded dramatically to be one that crosses not only local and state boundaries but also country and cultural borders,” said Professor Jeff Roesler, Associate Head for Graduate Affairs. “Our students are recognizing this new paradigm and desiring more international experiences as part of their undergraduate and graduate education.”

Additionally, Roesler said, the department believes students need an extended stay internationally for a deeper understanding of technical challenges in a different culture and country, language training, and the experience of attending a foreign university that teaches courses in CEE. 

“Now graduate students enrolled in our CEE M.S. program can have an experience that would be almost impossible to achieve on their own,” he said.

Illinois and Zhejiang University partner on Institute for Engineering

Zhejiang University – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (Joint Institute) recently welcomed its first students: the Class of 2020. The Institute is part of Zheijiang University’s new international campus in Haining, China. Zhejiang University is one of China’s oldest and highest ranked universities, with a strong engineering program. The international campus will bring together leading programs in the liberal arts, the sciences, engineering, business and biomedical sciences for students from around the world.

When fully operational, the Joint Institute will provide civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering courses based on Engineering at Illinois’ curriculum. The electrical and computer engineering courses launched this year, with the additional engineering disciplines to be added in subsequent years. Some of the classes will be taught by current Illinois faculty, and all new faculty members will be trained to Illinois’ standards. Because the Joint Institute curriculum mirrors the Engineering at Illinois program, with classes conducted in English, interested Illinois students will have a unique opportunity to study abroad while taking the same engineering classes they would at home. 

Graduating students will receive a degree from Zhejiang University, as well as certification from Zhejiang University and the University of Illinois. 

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