Educational exchange

Apr 22, 2005

Kettering will share its expertise in automotive engineering education with Chongqing Jiaotong University in China through an academic agreement.

Kettering has entered into an academic cooperative agreement with Chongqing Jiaotong University. The two institutions will carry out an international cooperative educational program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to professional training and development for engineers, managers and corporate leaders.

The five-year agreement was signed into effect April 12 by Dr. James E. A. John, president of Kettering and Dr. Tang Boming, president of Chongqing Jiaotong University.

"Representatives from Chongqing came to us because they recognize Kettering University as the premier automotive school in North America. This is a perfect fit as Chongqing is one of the major automotive manufacturing centers in China," said Dr. Greg Davis, professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director-Advanced Engine. "We are glad to partner with them on these educational opportunities."

Initial contact between the two universities was made by Mr. Wufan Wen, an engineer with Firestone/Bridgestone in Ohio. Wen was familiar with Kettering having been involved with an earlier professional development program at the university.

The agreement provides Chinese undergraduate students from Chongqing Jiaotong University an opportunity to study at Kettering in the areas of Automotive, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Graduate students will be able to study Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering.

Engineers, managers and corporate leaders will benefit from a professional training and development certification program with classes offered at Kettering or through Kettering faculty at Chongqing Jiaotong University in Chongqing City in southwest China.

Other areas of cooperation between the universities may include exchange of visiting scholars and faculty, joint research activities, exchange of teaching materials and short-term academic programs such as seminars.

Joining President Tang on the visit to Kettering were Wu Jianong, vice mayor of the Chongqing Municial People's Government, Lu Jingjian, deputy director of the Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Personnel, Xia Ming, deputy director of the Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Foreign Experts, Ma Guo-hua, vice general manager and senior engineer of Chongqing CAFF Automotive Braking and Steering Systems Co., Dr. Du Zixue, dean of the College of Mechanical an Electrical Engineering at Chongqing Jiaotong University and head of Research and Development for the Center of Auto and Motorcycle Parts Industry of Chongquin City, and Luo Wei, of the Administrative Dept. of Auto-Industry, the Economic Commission of Chongqing Municipal Government Auto-Industry Office, Chongqing Municipal Government.

Written by Dawn Hibbard