New Student Exchange Program with National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan


March 27, 2006

The ECE Department has launched a partnership with National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. This new agreement establishes an undergraduate student exchange program and allows up to ten of our students to study at NCTU beginning in Fall '06 for a semester or a year. Carnegie Mellon students who study in Taiwan during the Spring semester may elect to be placed in industrial internships there during the summer months. In addition, students from NCTU will have the opportunity to come to Carnegie Mellon to experience life and study in the U.S.

"This is a very important part of the tapestry of opportunities that is available to ECE students," said ECE department head Ed Schlesinger. "The world is becoming a technologically borderless planet, and we have a globally interactive economy. We need to produce global engineers."

Schlesinger traveled to Taiwan in December where he and Carnegie Mellon president Jared Cohon signed an agreement with the president of NCTU, Dr. C. Y. Chang, outlining the specifics of the exchange program.

"This is a tremendous step for us towards building a global network of educational opportunities. These programs will help us educate our students in a very special way so that they can be leaders in their field," said Schlesinger.

The exchange program was conceived in the summer of 2003 when Carnegie Mellon signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with NCTU.

With campuses in California and Qatar, and programs in Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Greece, in addition to a long list of existing University-sponsored exchange programs and departmental cooperative programs, Carnegie Mellon has entered the global educational arena in a big way.

"It is critically important that our students be offered a wide variety of opportunities to engage in this global environment," said Schlesinger.

Carnegie Mellon students who are interested in learning more or registering for the student exchange may contact Susan Farrington, Director of Alumni and Student Relations in ECE.

Left to right: Carnegie Mellon president Jared Cohon, ECE department head Ed Schlesinger, and ECE Professor Tsuhan Chen, Co-director of the ITRI Lab@CMU, traveled to Taiwan in December.


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