Last week, Stevens welcomed five delegates from the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) to campus. The day-long meetings were held to continue discussions to formalize a program that will allow BIT students to study at Stevens, in Hoboken, during their last two years of college.
Stevens has hosted eight BIT students in the past, though no formal exchange program was in place. The students previously had just taken classes at Stevens, and this new program would allow them to complete their degrees here. In addition, students at BIT would enter into this exchange program upon beginning college, solidifying their plans to study for their junior and senior years at Stevens right away.
Of specific interest to the delegates from BIT were the Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Business & Technology programs. Stevens’ unique Design Spine is also something that attracted BIT to this partnership. Costas Chassapis, director of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Yu-Dong Yao, director of the Electrical Engineering Department, Ann Mooney, associate dean and director of Undergraduate Studies for the Howe School, and Keith Sheppard, associate dean of Engineering & Science, were all on hand to present on their respective departments and topics.
“The previous BIT students who studied with us have done exceptionally well,” stated Maureen P. Weatherall, vice president for University Enrollment and Administration at Stevens. “In addition to high academic performance, the students enhanced our community on campus. We are looking forward to formalizing this program and welcoming more students from BIT in the future.”
Stevens and BIT plan to formalize this program and launch in time for the fall semester 2011.