University of Oulu engineers Chinese education
The University of Oulu has signed an agreement with the Nanjing Institute of Technology (NJIT) on the launch of a bachelor’s programme in software engineering.
The programme will be organised in China, and students completing it will receive a degree from both universities. The University of Oulu is responsible for about a half of the required courses, and its teachers will teach in China for two to three weeks, after which teaching will continue as distance studies.
The first stage of the agreement will last 10 years. The degree programme will have 100 starting places each year, and the first group of students will begin their studies next year.
The project is Oulu’s biggest in education export so far. It is also one of the biggest amongst all externally funded projects at the university.
Professor Markku Oivo, who headed the preparation of the cooperation, deems the programme “significant with regard to the internationalisation of the University of Oulu as a whole and its teachers”.
“We will gain a new type of understanding of Chinese culture by teaching on location,” he says. “At the same time we will develop our own teaching. Students will pay a tuition fee for their studies, which means that the quality of studies and teaching must be excellent.”
In addition to this agreement, the institutions aim to launch three new mutual programmes.