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Tongji’s former president Wu Qidi, currently the Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Education, initiated the project with the twin goals of providing opportunities for musicians and broadening the educational experience for engineers and scientists. Since then, Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music, and Hanna Li, associate professor of music, have made several trips to China to offer advice.
According to Fletcher, “The creation of the first school of music in a great scientific and technical university in China is a perfect project for Carnegie Mellon—it expresses our ideals of crossing boundaries between the arts and technology. This is what the world expects from Carnegie Mellon.”
The gender and racial gaps in computer science in South Africa are narrowing, thanks in part to Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Software Research International (ISRI). In collaboration with South Africa’s Department of Communication, the university’s long-standing graduate program in information technology and software engineering for South African women has made a significant difference in how women are shaping the future of the country through technology applications.
Cross border collaboration
One of Carnegie Mellon’s longest-running international partnerships is with Mexico’s ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey), the country’s largest technological institution.
“When we initiated the long-term relationship with ITESM more than 10 years ago, we didn’t anticipate the many possible benefits,” says Paul Goodman, director of the Institute for Strategic Development. “We have done joint studies, a music master’s class, the 'Management Game,' etc. all by using technology in a creative and low-cost way. In addition, we have engaged in doctoral education, joint executive programs and student exchange programs. It has been a mutually beneficial partnership.”
International alumni are instrumental in continuing to support the university’s presence abroad by making connections with other alumni, enhancing the university’s visibility and prestige, recruiting the best and brightest students, and facilitating corporate and government partnerships around the world.
“There is warmth and enthusiasm among international alumni that even eclipses that of alumni domestically,” says Judy Cole, associate vice president for advancement and director of alumni relations. “The further away they are from the center, the hungrier they are for connections.”
This enthusiasm has translated into great surges in the international alumni networks. In India, the number of active alumni has increased in the last two years from fewer than 100 to more than 400, with groups in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi.
The 2,400 plus international students at Carnegie Mellon bring global perspective from more than 90 countries to the Pittsburgh campus. Each year 250 students take part in study-abroad programs, including university study, studio art, internships and service learning.
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Working in harmony with China