International Engineering at the Graduate Level
Although the IEP was founded first and foremost to provide strong intercultural
communication skills for engineers at the undergraduate level, the rapid pace of
the globalization of research in recent years has intensified the importance of
this program for graduate students as well. As a result, the University of Rhode
Island is leading the way with important new initiatives for students at both
the masters and Ph.D. levels.
Dual Degree Master's Program
The Dual Degree Master’s
Program was founded in collaboration with our partner university
in Germany, the Technische
Universität Braunschweig, and enables students to complete simultaneous
master’s degrees from both institutions over a two-year period.
This project is generously supported by the Transatlantic Program
of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds of the European Recovery
Program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
A new, Dual Doctoral Program has also recently been developed with our partners in Braunschweig. Both initiatives at the graduate level are
being sponsored by a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation
through its new program in support of Partnerships for International Research
and Education (PIRE). NSF is underwriting collaborative research at URI in the
areas of Microfluidics and Lab-on-Chip Technology and is providing tuition and
stipends for several graduate students over the next several years.
Because students in these two programs are carrying out a portion of their study
programs at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany, these
opportunities will be particularly attractive to students with strong
engineering undergraduate backgrounds and capability in the German language.
Dual Degree Doctoral Program
As part of its research and education activities sponsored by the National
Science Foundation, the University of Rhode Island has developed a
new optional doctoral program known as the Dual Degree Doctoral Program. Students in
this curriculum are required to complete all traditional requirements of a
Ph.D. in the engineering disciplines as well as those of the German Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften. Dual Degree Doctoral candidates spend one and one-half years at the partner university and submit a thesis for defense which is deemed
acceptable by the faculty of both institutions.
Please consult the pages of this Website and feel free to contact:
Dr. John M. Grandin, Director
International Engineering Program
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881