On the afternoon of December 21, 2017, Yang Dan and Liu Hanlong, managing vice president of Chongqing University, meet with Paul Orkwis, dean of the School of Engineering of the University of Cincinnati, at Room 202, No. 1 Teaching Building, Campus A, Chongqing. The two parties have had in-depth communication and discussion with respect to further cooperation between the two universities. Officials and teacher representatives from the University of Cincinnati-Chongqing University Joint School (UC Joint School), the School of Urban Construction and Environmental Engineering, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Arts and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering attend the meeting.
Yang Dan extends her sincere welcome to the delegation of the University of Cincinnati. Paul Orkwis, dean of the School of Engineering of the University of Cincinnati, gives an introduction to the recent personnel changes of the University. With respect to UC Joint School, Paul Orkwis says that the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) certification in September 2017 was very successful, and extends his sincere gratitude towards all teaching and administrative staff of UC Joint School for their contributions. He describes the running of the UC Joint School in the past 4 years as problem free, and speaks highly of the UC Joint School. In addition, Paul Orkwis has invited officials of Chongqing University to the graduation ceremony of the first graduates from the UC Joint School to be held at the University of Cincinnati in April 2018. As to the addition of two specialties, namely, the civil engineering and software engineering, of the Joint School, Paul indicates that the University of Cincinnati has made full preparation, and is confident that the program will be expanded into an institute.
As for the cooperation between the two universities besides UC Joint School, Vice President Liu Hanlong shows his strong support. He points out that the cooperation between the two universities should not be limited to teaching. They may also cooperate in areas such as scientific research projects. For example, the two may co-hold workshops, at which the professors of the two universities get together to enhance mutual communication and understanding, and explore interest points and cooperation opportunities. This way, the “point to point” cooperation could be expanded into “face to face” cooperation. UC Joint School, as the “intermediary”, will concentrate efforts on this course. Paul adds that the University of Cincinnati is open to the cooperation with Chongqing University. The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Cincinnati led by Paul is now dedicated to building a stable management team to lay a solid foundation for further cooperation. In addition, he is also exploring more opportunities for launching dual-degree program in collaboration with Chongqing University.
Afterwards, Zhang Zhiqing, vice dean of the UC Joint School, gives an introduction to the cooperation mode between the Joint School and the University of Cincinnati. The officials and representatives of teaching and administrative staff from the School of Urban Construction and Environmental Engineering, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Arts and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering all express their wish to cooperate with the University of Cincinnati, in an effort to improve the talent cultivation capacity and level. Paul further states that he will communicate the cooperation intentions to the University of Cincinnati, and prepare a list of potential specialties for cooperation. Furthermore, Paul will act as a matchmaker between the schools of CQU and the schools of the University of Cincinnati, to foster bilateral cooperation.