Professor Rosemary Hynes, associate dean of Emory Graduate School, and Professor Roy Sutliff from Emory School of Medicine visited the Peking University Biomedical Engineering Department and met with the PKU-GT-Emory joint Ph.D. students.
The meeting was chaired by Professor Qiushi Ren, chair of the PKU Biomedical Engineering Department.
PkU College of Engineering Dean Shiyi Chen and Professor Cheng Zhu, associate chair of the Coulter Biomedical Engineering Department at the Georgia Institute of Technology, were also present.
Chen welcomed the Emory professors and emphasized the significance of the PKU-GT-Emory joint Ph.D. Program to the College of Engineering. He cited the program as a good model of international education at PKU and encouraged all parties involved to work towards ensuring its success.
During the meeting, Ren presented the curriculum and administration of the 2009 joint Ph.D. students. He also talked briefly about the recruiting process for the 2010 academic year.
Zhu followed with a presentation of the course progress and the exam results. Zhu will be invited to teach a graduate course in cellular engineering at PKU this semester. The course uses online broadcasting and is taken by the joint Ph.D. students from both the PKU campus and the Georgia Tech/Emory campuses.
The Emory professors listened carefully to the introduction and asked the attending students questions concerning workload, research, program satisfaction, and so on.
After the meeting, Hynes mentioned that she was very impressed by the PKU students. It seemed to her that the students all have clear study and research goals and have already made good progress.
The joint Ph.D. program has built a bridge to facilitate understanding and communications between faculties and students from the U.S. and China. Hynes said she believes that through such collaboration, the program will produce talented students and research in the field of biomedical engineering.