Advancing a Global Perspective
Engaging with education, research, and innovation partners around the world is a primary source of Georgia Tech’s strength and ongoing vitality.
Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, seated left, signed an agreement in a ceremony in Shenzhen, China, on Dec. 2, 2016, to create a new collaboration with the city of Shenzhen and Tianjin University. Co-signers with Peterson are Vice Mayor Yihuan Wu of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, center, and Tianjin University President Denghua Zhong, right.
Shenzhen Partnership Advances Key Strategic Relationships
A new educational collaboration among Georgia Tech, the city of Shenzhen, and Tianjin University in China will expand global opportunities in science, technology, and engineering education. President G.P. “Bud” Peterson signed the collaboration agreement in a ceremony in Shenzhen last fall.
The Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute offers majors in electrical and computer engineering, computer science, industrial design, environmental engineering, and analytics. Georgia Tech coordinates the graduate programs at the specialized institute, while Tianjin University, China’s oldest university, coordinates the undergraduate programs.
The Shenzhen government provided land, startup funding, and operational subsidies. The vision is that the specialized institute will enroll 800 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the world by 2020, and 3,000 students by 2030. It will present new opportunities for U.S.-based students, including study abroad programs and internships, and will expand Georgia Tech’s China Summer Program.
“This historic agreement is in alignment with Georgia Tech’s focus on internationalization, as outlined in our 25-year Strategic Plan,” said Peterson. “It will serve as a great vehicle to engage our strong alumni base in China and increase Georgia Tech’s global reputation as a leading technological research institution.”
“This historic agreement is in alignment with Georgia Tech’s focus on internationalization, as outlined in our 25-year Strategic Plan.”
G.P. “Bud” Peterson
“Having a full international campus is unusual, and we only do that when there is a compelling reason to benefit the institutions involved, as well as to provide a unique educational experience for students,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “Today’s agreement marks such an opportunity.”
Shenzhen is China’s high-tech capital and is often referred to as the “Silicon Valley of China.”
“This initiative was spearheaded by Professor G. Tong Zhou, associate vice provost for International Initiatives, and represents an exciting opportunity for Georgia Tech to be present in one of the fastest-growing technological centers of China,” said Yves Berthelot, vice provost for International Initiatives. “Educational and research programs, combined with internships, will be tremendously beneficial to our students.”
Future plans for the Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute include developing major research centers led by world-renowned Georgia Tech faculty.
Social Entrepreneurship Is Topic of Studies in Eastern Europe
Every summer, through the Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program, faculty and staff of the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE) lead a group of undergraduates on an educational experience in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Through classroom lectures, site visits, and close work with nonprofits, students learn how social enterprises and nonprofit institutions work and what type of leadership is effective in this sector.
This past year, students spent the first week in Budapest, Hungary, visiting Bator Tabor, a therapeutic recreation camp for children living with cancer or other chronic illnesses.
“Hearing the impact and experiencing the impact [an organization has] is very different,” said Manaka Sato, a biomedical engineering major. “Our group had the opportunity to experience some of the influence that Bator Tabor has on the seriously ill children firsthand.”
During the five weeks that the students spent in Budapest working with nonprofit organizations, they had the opportunity to see how the theory they learned in the classroom worked in practice, witness the challenges small organizations face on a daily basis, and contribute to solving those problems.