The JCI curriculum is identical to that of UC CEAS. For academic years 1-4, JCI students study in China with internationally recognized UC faculty. In year 5, JCI students will be in Cincinnati to enroll in the same UC courses as traditional CEAS students. Throughout their education, students will experience cooperative learning for five semesters at leading companies and multinational corporations in China. Upon completion of the required coursework and co-op assignments, JCI students will graduate with baccalaureate engineering degrees from both UC and CQU.
Currently, there are approximately 70 electrical and mechanical engineering students enrolled in the JCI program. Within five years, UC expects total enrollment to grow to 1,000 students across 4 academic programs (civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering). Each year, 800 students will be in residence at CQU or on co-op assignment in China and 200 seniors will be at UC.
The first UC faculty who are teaching at CQU are Bruce Walker, ScD and aerospace engineering professor, and Yizong Cheng, PhD and electrical engineering associate professor. In a steady state, more than ten UC instructors will teach at CQU each semester. Last academic year, three CQU faculty members—Xingxi He, Guanqjin Peng and Zhiqing Zhang—came to UC to learn about our UC curriculum, co-op system and pedadogy.
As a part of their cooperative education, UC students are currently serving as teaching assistants (TA) at JCI. Alyssa Kaine, Brandon Michaud, and Desiree Sanchez, have been spending their 2014 spring semester in Chongqing, China. To document their personal and academic experience, each student has been keeping a blog (see below). In the near future, JCI students will have similar experiential learning opportunities at UC.
Director Orkwis reflects, “It is my strong belief that this alliance will successfully spur the idea of cooperative education in China and create a brighter future in this ever-increasingly ‘flat’ world of ours.”