Strategic Geographic Regions

Recommendation #3: Deepen university programs in strategic geographic regions

Strengthen concentration on Asia and Southeast Asia: TU faculty and staff have undertaken a number of initiatives to build on the University’s investment in academic programs and partnerships in Asia. Of particular importance, TU approved in December a new Chinese Studies major and minor and, in fact, graduated its first student in May. The proposal for the major and minor predated the SPCI, but was identified in the plan as key to strengthening our academic investment. Other related projects include:

  • A focus on strengthening and expanding our institutional partnerships in Asia. TU continues to explore opportunities to further deepen and strengthen existing partnerships with Chinese institutions, specifically the China University of Petroleum Beijing. The fourth cohort of students participating in the undergraduate dual degree program with petroleum engineering, geosciences, chemical engineering, and finance/accounting arrive at TU in June 2012. Including this cohort, 47 students have been selected for this program since the agreement was signed in 2009. Professors Mark Collins and Mike Troilo were visiting faculty at CUPB in May 2012, and TU hosted Professor Lu Peng as a visiting scholar in the Collins College of Business.

    Dean Janet Levit and Dr. Cheryl Matherly met with several universities in Beijing in December to explore partnerships with the College of Law and are now pursuing opportunities with three Chinese institutions. TU hosted a visiting scholar, Dr. Nguyen Dieu Nuong, from PetroVietnam University, and is exploring further cooperation with this institution.

  • Working Group on India. This task force, comprised of faculty and staff from across campus, has worked to identify strategies to advance TU’s presence in India in support of undergraduate and graduate recruiting, study abroad, and institutional partnerships. Of most significance, this group has supported the launch of the first TU International Alumni Club in India. The Working Group is also advising on existing partnerships with Pandit Deepayal Petroleum University and the National Law School India Bangalore, and on identifying new partners, especially in support of MIS and Accounting.

Establish a strategic focus on the Americas: A number of opportunities driven by the US State Department have spurred us to focus first on opportunities in Brazil. TU was selected in the fall to receive students as part of the new Science Without Borders program, a very high profile initiative sponsored by the Brazilian government to send 100,000 science and engineering students for study abroad in the US and other countries. TU received three students for Spring and Fall 2012, and we will receive another cohort of four students in August 2012.

The proposal for the expanded IBL Portuguese program was approved and we seek partner universities in Brazil. Dr. Mike Troilo led a first TU-sponsored course on “Doing Business in Brazil” to Rio de Janeiro in March 2012. Dr. Bruce Willis and Dr. Cheryl Matherly hosted an alumni dinner in Rio de Janeiro in late April, an event very well attended by enthusiastic alumni interested in assisting TU with its activities in Brazil. TU will establish a Brazil Working Group, similar to that directing the India projects and earlier, the partnership projects in China for the next academic year.