While it has now become common for American colleges and universities to develop programs abroad for engineering undergrads in the form of student exchange, internship, special project, short-term study tours, and so forth, there has been little discussion of international exchange or special degree arrangements at the graduate level. Convinced that this must happen if we are to educate American researchers and technologists to have the skills necessary for careers in the global workplace, the University of Rhode Island has forged new dual degree programs at the masters and doctoral levels with its partner university in Germany, the Technische Universität Braunschweig. This paper presents the rational for such programs, as well as the process leading to the agreements between URI and Braunschweig, as well as a discussion of the issues and hurdles which needed to be overcome to satisfy the requirements of both sides and to make the program viable for both faculty and students.
Grandin, John M.
"International Dual Degrees at the Graduate Levels: The University of Rhode Island and the Technische Universität Braunschweig,"
Online Journal for Global Engineering Education:
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Available at: http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/ojgee/vol3/iss1/2