Students from Northwestern Polytechnical University (also known as NPU; Chinese: 西北工业大学), in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, recently visited UBC’s Okanagan campus to participate in an intensive research program led by School of Engineering faculty.
The enriched academic content including research activities was targeted at first and second-year NPU students from a variety of disciplines including engineering. It also included cultural extra-curricular activities on and off campus.
Over 30 students took part in the program that spearheaded by Dr. Ray Taheri.
The summer program is a first step towards future collaborations between the two institutions.
In summer 2018, a group of School of Engineering faculty members led by Associate Dean, Prof. Sadiq and School Director, Prof. Hoorfar, visited NPU. At the time, the two institutions agreed to future collaborations in three key areas:
- Recruiting graduate students
- Conducting research and securing funding
- Visiting/exchange faculty members and students
One NPU student will commence graduate studies at the School of Engineering this Fall, and another summer research program is in the works for 2020.