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University collaborations benefit global marketplace

Three decades ago, Jimmy Zhu came to Carnegie Mellon University from China to study in the United States. Today, he is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is helping to establish a graduate school in China — the Joint Institute of Engineering at Sun Yat-sen University. Carnegie Mellon is hiring employees for the Chinese university and is exporting much of its curriculum to the school.

Carnegie Mellon University is not the only university attempting to establish universities or partnerships in China.

The University of Pittsburgh is developing an undergraduate engineering program at China’s Sichuan University that is estimated to enroll students by 2014. The University of Michigan, New York University, and Duke University are also forming partnerships with universities in China.

University collaborations across borders make clear how small the world is. The Tartan commends Carnegie Mellon University and Jimmy Zhu for their efforts to introduce curriculums and institutions that could both give Chinese students advantages in the global marketplace and universities a more prominent standing internationally.

This trend of partnering with foreign universities establishes invaluable global connections. As the officials at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon hope, the university’s involvement in China could create pathways for business partnerships on a global scale.

According to Trib Total Media, Guangzhou, the area where Sun Yat-sen University is located, is considered a “major enterprise zone in southern China” but does not have its own engineering program. By partnering with Sun Yat-sen University to develop an engineering program, Carnegie Mellon University is introducing education that may benefit this area’s citizens and, in turn, make them more willing to establish connections with the university.

By decreasing the gap between countries and increasing collaborative efforts, universities create more opportunities to provide students with educations that could benefit the global marketplace for both Chinese and American students.