International study is a defining aspect of the undergraduate experience at Rensselaer. For nearly a decade, Rensselaer’s School of Architecture has partnered with Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning to support student/faculty exchange and research opportunities.
Founded in 1907, Tongji University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in China. In particular, it has become the most popular university in the country for individuals pursuing careers in architecture and civil engineering.
On July 16, Rensselaer hosted a delegation from the university that included Yongsheng Li, executive vice president; Xiao Hongchen, professor and deputy dean of the Tongji Research Institute; and Qiang Guo, deputy director of international exchange and cooperation. The delegation was joined by several members of the Rensselaer community to witness the official signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.
Several presentations were delivered that included an overview of Rensselaer’s recent milestones and accomplishments, and future endeavors, as well as an overview of research, the School of Engineering, and the REACH program. The delegation also had an opportunity to discuss other potential collaborations beyond the field of architecture, arts, and communication. The visit included a tour of Rensselaer’s Technology Park, the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI), and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).
“We are very impressed by what RPI has achieved in different educational endeavors through this visit,” said Li. “As a prestigious university in engineering, RPI is taking the lead in scientific innovations which are markedly reflected in such projects as biotech-based mega-computation system, and the ongoing construction of EMPAC for the integration of the arts, technology and the sciences.”
Today, the entire undergraduate experience at Rensselaer continues its transformation with challenging, engaging, and highly relevant academic and student life programs as outlined in The Undergraduate Plan.
A crucial component of this plan is the goal to provide an international educational experience for all undergraduates during their time at Rensselaer. Such opportunities include structured study abroad programs, as well as other international experiences such as internships, exchange programs, or other overseas opportunities.
“All these, I believe, will surely guarantee the high-quality education and research taking place in RPI.” Li noted. “I am very pleased that we have had some cooperation in fields such as architecture and urban planning, and I sincerely hope that in the near future we can establish a long-term and mutually beneficial cooperative relationship. We would like RPI to become one of the important partner universities of Tongji in terms of our international exchange and cooperation with the USA.”
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