UC Provost Visits China for JCI Welcome Day

By: Liz Daubenmire

University of Cincinnati Provost, Beverly Davenport visited the Joint Engineering Co-Op Institute (JCI) to welcome 77 new students to campus for the school’s second year in existence.

JCI Welcome Day

JCI Welcome Day

JCI was created through a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and Chongqing University (CQU) to establish the first cooperative education program of its kind in China.

JCI gives students an opportunity to gain a top-notch engineering education along with real-world industry experience through cooperative placements.

On September 24th JCI opened its doors to 77 new students to who are ready and eager to kick off the new school year.  49 students of the incoming class are majoring in electrical engineering while the remaining 28 are majoring in mechanical engineering. 

The welcoming ceremonies included a greeting from Provost Davenport and Trustee Richardson as well as useful information about the university, the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), and its respective fields of mechanical and electrical engineering. 

SOL's training at UC

SOL's training at UC

The Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs)who visited UC back in July helped make welcome day a great success.  The four CQU students, CI, Rui He (Jack), Xiaoyu Song (Shorey), Lingmeeng Wang (Jane Lemon), Yuchan Yuan (Lotus), spent a month in July at UC learning how to lead orientation for their very own welcome day back home. 

After their training earlier this summer, the four SOL’s were able to provide a warm welcome to all 77 new JCI students. The incoming students enjoyed receiving all kinds of UC apparel including t-shirts and pins to sport Bearcat pride as they begin their first term at JCI.

Prvost Davenport with JCI students

Prvost Davenport with JCI students

Several pivotal members of the UC-CQU partnership were present to welcome the students including:

Provost Davenport, Vice Chair of Trustees Rob Richardson, Vice Provost Raj Mehta, UC Foundation President Rod Grabowski, CEAS Dean Teik Lim, Library Dean Xuemao Wang, JCI co-Director Paul Orkwis, Library Associate Dean Leslie Schick, CEAS Mechanical Engineering Department Head Jay Kim, Co-op Faculty Jill Collet, Co-op Faculty Sally Dees, JCI Program Coordinator Sherry Liao, and JCI Advisor Darryl Daniels.

University of Cincinnati professor, Paul Orkwis explains “The delegation had a great time meeting the students and faculty, learning about Chinese culture and sampling Chinese cuisine… CQU was, once again, the perfect host.”


For more information please visit the JCI Website.

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