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  • [ May 25, 2009]

    PKU and USC Sign i-Podium Educational Cooperation Program

  • A signing ceremony for the i-Podium Educational Cooperation Program between the Peking University College of Engineering and University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering was held on May 25 in the PKU University Office Building.

    Chinese representatives at the event included Executive Vice President Jianhua Lin, COE Dean Shiyi Chen, Vice Dean Daining Fang and others; USC representatives included Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis Yortsos, USC’s Chinese delegate Christopher Leung, and USC professors Stephen Lu, Raghu Raghavendra and Angus Mccol.

    i-Podium Educational Cooperation Signing Ceremony

    The i-Podium Program is a third-generation educational system which breaks through territorial barriers with the help of new technologies like web-broadcasting to allow students to benefit from top quality education from around the world, according to Lu. Under this new system, Chinese and U.S. students will be able to take the same courses and interact via video streaming.

    Lu added that he felt that once the program is launched, it would surely attract more countries and universities forming a new global educational system.
    Lin  said that under today’s global development situation, collaboration between the U.S. and China is vital. Lin commented on i-Podium’s creativeness, calling it a smart use of educational resources and a chance to provide more opportunities for talented students.

    Under the effects of the economic crisis, American education has bent towards favoring humanities and engineering, according to Yortsos. He added that the future for the field of engineering is bright, and globalization makes international cooperation even more important.

    Finally, Chen shared a few ideas on the importance of partnership between PKU and USC. PKU’s goal is to train future leaders in the engineering field and lead China out of the “world factory” stereotype. The U.S. is highly experienced in this area and China has much to gain from this cooperation, Chen said.


    Signing Ceremony between the two engineering schools

    Group Photo with all the Leaders  

    Leaders from both schools discussed the details of the i-Podium program and reached  agreement on many issues. Chen emphasized that this program holds more significance than a simple educational exchange. Rather, it creates a platform for the elite Chinese and U.S. engineers of the future and will promote the relationship between the two countries on a higher level.

    Source: PKU News