Sarah Geegan

By

Wei Unites UK and China University of Mining and Technology

Published: Oct 16, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2012) —In 2005, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering formed a partnership with China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), to offer a mutually beneficial exchange program for students and staff from both institutions. September marked the seventh anniversary of this partnership, which continues to grow and has facilitated the exchange of nearly 30 students studying in the various fields of engineering, and collaboration with Dr. Cao Wei, an associate professor and director of graduate studies at CUMT.

 

Wei, a native of Beijing, China, holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, a Master’s in management engineering and a Ph.D. in business administration. He credits his extensive schooling, proficiency in English and interest in student welfare as key reasons for his nomination by CUMT to serve as a liaison between the two universities. Wei’s role at UK mainly consists of overseeing the program’s progress, but he also helps students become acclimated to life in Kentucky as they begin the program.

 

“This exchange program acts as an open door to Chinese students’ education abroad. Students study for two years at CUMT before coming to UK. Once here they continue on with their coursework in engineering, but also acquire a university experience that differs from that of CUMT,” Wei said.

 

Adhering to the University of Kentucky Strategic Plan, the Cooperative Education Agreement between UK’s College of Engineering and CUMT serves as a tactic to meet UK’s goals and objectives. In particular, the program has been able to facilitate the enrollment of an increased number of international, high-ability students. It has also produced a global collaboration offering the educational advantages of diversity and inclusion.

 

Wei said that the well-being of students both inside and outside of the classroom has been of particular interest to him throughout his career, as he has served as a student mentor for 18 years. He noted that he and many of the exchange students find aspects of student life at UK to be fascinating.

 

Receiving emails from UK President Eli Capilouto addressing the UK community as a whole was a new experience for Wei, and he said that he considered this open channel of communication a good management method.  Wei also enjoyed learning about many student organizations on campus, finding fraternities and sororities the most interesting since they do not exist at Chinese universities. He also commented positively on the study habits of UK students and the encouragement they receive from professors to "learn by doing."

 

Wei acts as a visible connection between UK and CUMT.  An important duty of Wei’s includes maintaining a database that allows both universities to stay in contact with the exchange students once their time at UK has ended. This tool also provides updates to the students’ careers, along with useful information about the  students.

 

Wei says he will return to China with newfound knowledge, perspectives and an appreciation for his experiences at UK.

 

“In recent years, CUMT has strengthened international partnerships throughout the world establishing academic links with nearly 50 universities and research institutions," Wei said. "The Cooperative Education Agreement with UK’s College of Engineering has been very productive for CUMT’s engineering majors."

 

As this program’s success continues, Wei expressed great interest in expanding the collaboration to other areas of study, such as the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Although no formal arrangements have been made between CUMT and Gatton, there is possibility for partnerships in the future.

 

“Among international exchange programs at UK, this one has proven to be most fruitful and continues to provide positive results," G.T. Lineberry, Associate Dean for Commonwealth and International Programs, said. "This program not only provides those from China who study here with great opportunities, but has also helped to diversify the student body within the College of Engineering."

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

handshake.jpg
August
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
Sat
2
 
Sun
3
 
Mon
4
 
Tue
5
 
Wed
6
 
Thu
7
Curator Tour
Fri
8
 
Sat
9
 
Sun
10
 
Mon
11
 
Tue
12
 
Wed
13
 
Thu
14
 
Fri
15
 
Sat
16
 
Sun
17
 
Mon
18
We Are UK
Tue
19
 
Wed
20
 
Thu
21
Parent and Families Reception
Fri
22
K Team Meeting: K Week Overview
Big Blue U
Campus Ruckus
Getting Around Campus and Beyond
Sat
23
The Late Night Film Series Presents - Fast and Furious 7
K Team Meeting: Lunch and Campus Tour
UK Lex-Mart
Pedalpalooza
Bowman's Bash
Sun
24
Bowman's Bash
K Team Meeting: Dinner with Your K Team
Kentucky at Kroger
Mon
25
K Team Meeting: Common Reading Experience Discussion
Bicycle-Friendly Lexington
Tue
26
First Day of Classes
Don't Steal Bikes, Bro
Understanding Lexington's Bicycle Facilities
First Day of Classes
Wildcat Wellness Meditation
Wed
27
The Late Night Film Series Presents - The Wind Rises
The Late Night Film Series Presents - Avengers: Age of Ultron
Adjusting to College
Wildcat Wellness - Yoga for Relaxation
Painting and Mocktails
Terrace Time Out at the Hilary J. Boone Center
Thu
28
The Late Night Film Series Presents - Divergent
The Late Night Film Series Presents - Ex Machina
Wildcat Block Watch
Chapel Talk: Faith and Science in an Evolving World
Royalty Showcase
Fri
29
 
Sat
30
 
Sun
31
Wildcat Wellness Expressions - Inspiration Object
UK Mock Trial Informational Meeting
Mon
 
 
 
 
 
Reset Page