Cooperation agreement opens door

By Website Administrator | Jan 14, 2003

Kettering President James E.A. John has signed an Academic Cooperative Agreement between Kettering University and Jilin University in the People's Republic of China.

Kettering President James E.A. John has signed an Academic Cooperative Agreement between Kettering University and Jilin University in the People's Republic of China. This agreement establishes a framework to begin negotiating the development of undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Environmental Chemistry, and graduate programs in Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Management, in addition to continuing education courses for professionals.

Jilin University, formerly Jilin University of Technology (JUT), is the premiere automotive educational institution in China. A handful of JUT graduates have earned master's degrees in Automotive Engineering from Kettering.

Jilin is one of the major universities in China and has already begun exchange programs with universities in Canada, Japan, Germany and Australia. Kettering would be the first American university to develop this type of program with Jilin.

The agreement would allow undergraduate students proficient in English to complete two years of study at Jilin University, and then transfer to Kettering University where they would complete their degrees alternating 15 months of coursework with 15months of cooperative work experience.

Graduate students proficient in English would come directly to Kettering University for 1.5 years, then finish their degrees at Jilin University with one year of coursework. Students not yet proficient in English would complete their degree in the reverse order. Professionals working in the Peoples Republic of China would enroll in continuing education courses, which may be offered at either location.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu