RIT and National Taiwan University enter into engineering graduate study agreement

Students from both universities to undertake computer engineering masters-level coursework through partnership

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Shanchieh Jay Yang

Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Taiwan University entered into an academic agreement, the International Graduate Study Partnership Program. The agreement is to provide qualified students the opportunity for early and expedited admission into graduate programs in NTU’s College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Students from one institute would apply for admission in the fall of their last year of study and receive priority consideration for admission to the other institute’s Master of Engineering, Master of Science or doctoral degree programs. RIT is prepared to enroll up to 10 students from NTU’s College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

“RIT’s career-oriented education and student-centered research that tackles pioneering and impactful problems will bring a global view to students in Taiwan,” said Shanchieh Jay Yang, department head of RIT’s computer engineering program. He was instrumental in helping to establish the relationship with National Taiwan University and continues in an academic advising capacity to communicate scope and benefits of the partnership program to students from both universities.

This partnership with NTU and other universities in Taiwan expands RIT’s global reach and has attracted more students to join various RIT academic programs, Yang added. In its inaugural year, one student from NTU is expected to join the computer engineering master’s program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Two other students from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology joined that program in 2015, and have since begun research and are currently participating in graduate co-ops over the summer.

NTU is a national research university, founded in 1928, and located in Taipei, Taiwan. The university has 11 colleges, with 54 departments and 103 graduate institutes, plus four university-level research centers. Of the 33,000 students enrolled, more than 17,000 are undergraduates and 15,000 are graduate students.

This is the second agreement between RIT and one of the largest research universities in Taiwan. In 2014, RIT and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology began an accelerated, five-year program for students to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from NTUST and a Master of Science degree from RIT. This international academic agreement is one of 60-plus that RIT has garnered with universities, companies and government agencies around the world, including in Dubai, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Sweden and China. The agreements provide reciprocal opportunities for research, training, faculty development, study abroad and student/faculty exchanges.

“NTU is one of the premier research universities in Asia,” said James Myers, RIT’s associate provost for International Education and Global Programs. “Our partnership with NTU will create research and education opportunities for students and faculty and build on the unique research and program strengths of the partners in the fields of engineering and computing.”