TU welcomes first group of students from China University of Petroleum

Monday, July 06, 2009

Partnership to create opportunities for collaborative engineering, business and research projects

china university studentsUniversity of Tulsa students, faculty and administrators last week welcomed 11 jet-lagged, but enthusiastic Chinese students from the China University of Petroleum-Beijing. The students represent the first cohort of an innovative dual degree (2+2) program between TU and the Chinese university.

“We are honored to work with these accomplished students from one of the most prestigious universities in China,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “The 2+2 program creates opportunities for collaboration in research, as well as student and faculty exchange programs that will greatly benefit both institutions.”

The students, four men and seven women, have completed the first two years of their degree at the China University of Petroleum-Beijing and will finish the second two years of their degree at TU. At the end of their two years at TU, the students will earn a bachelor’s degree from both universities. The students can choose to major in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geosciences or finance.

This summer, TU students, administrators and volunteers will introduce the students to a variety of Tulsa-area cultural activities, including tours of downtown, Drillers’ baseball, the Porter Peach Festival and home-cooked meals hosted by Tulsa families. The students are taking six hours of English classes this summer and will begin their regular engineering and business courses in the fall.

“We are very excited to welcome this first group from China University into the TU community,” said Cheryl Matherly, associate dean of the Center for Global Education. “We hope to introduce them to the many interesting aspects of our community that make TU and Tulsa unique, and help build mutual understanding of our cultures.”

This program is part of a growing number of TU activities in China, Matherly said. A number of other collaborations are anticipated with this university, including TU students studying at China University and expanded faculty research collaborations. Additionally, TU has agreements with the RIPED, the research group for PetroChina, and the China University of Geosciences.

About China University
The China University of Petroleum-Beijing is an engineering university that specializes in petroleum-based research, and is one of China’s elite “211 Project” universities (100 key universities established in the 21st century). Its academic programs include chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, geosciences, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, computer science, business management and Chinese language.

About TU
The University of Tulsa is a private university providing a comprehensive educational experience to more than 4,200 students from across the United States and around the world. With outstanding facilities, a vibrant residential campus and a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, TU has been recognized as one of the 50 “Best Value” private universities by USA Today and the Princeton Review, and ranked 83rd among doctoral institutions and 47th among private universities on U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 survey.

Amethyst Cavallaro