Engineering Colleges at University of Iowa, Peking University Sign Education, Research Agreement

Friday, November 30, 2012

The engineering colleges at the University of Iowa and Peking University, Beijing, China have signed an agreement for educational exchange and research collaboration between the two institutions.

The Global Educational Exchange Initiative (GLOBEX) -- originally established by Peking University -- is designed to deepen the growing partnership between the colleges by providing a framework for exceptional students to gain a global educational, research, and professonal experience.

"We are enthused about this new exchange opportunity," Alec Scranton, dean of the UI College of Engineering, said.  "It provides another avenue of study abroad that can significantly advance the academic, technological, social, and cultural skill levels for students from both institutions."

The GLOBEX program enables students from Peking University to spend one semester at the University of Iowa and for UI students to participate in an intensive four-week summer program at Peking University.

For admission into the GLOBEX program, Peking University students need to be ranked in the top 30 percent of their class.  UI students will be selected based on recommendations from UI faculty members. In addition to earning academic credit, students from both universities may participate in research projects conducted by faculty at both locations.

Overseeing the program at the University of Iowa is Keri Hornbuckle, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for academic programs.

Peking University is the first established modern national university of China, founded as Imperial University of Peking in 1898.  The 105 faculty and teaching and research staff at the College of Engineering ( at Peking University are renowned both at home and abroad in their individual fields. Most of the faculty has overseas experience, working or studying in leading universities prior to or during their work for the College of Engineering. They are conducting cutting-edge research in fields ranging from physical sciences and medicine to public health and industrial management.