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URI, SUNY Adirondack launch engineering transfer program

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, RI – May 6, 2013 -- The University of Rhode Island and SUNY Adirondack have inked an agreement to allow SUNY Adirondack students who have earned associate of science degrees in engineering to seamlessly transfer as juniors to URI’s bachelor of science engineering programs.

The agreement is the first of its kind for URI’s College of Engineering. In addition, Adirondack is the first SUNY community college to offer this engineering transfer opportunity with the University of Rhode Island.

“This agreement will increase the visibility of the University’s engineering program, attract a diverse student group and continue to strengthen our international education initiatives. This new program is perfectly aligned with President David Dooley’s Transformational Goals on Global Initiatives and Outreach,” said College of Engineering Associate Dean George Veyera, who negotiated the arrangement with SUNY Adirondack.

Students from the New York college can transfer directly into the University’s programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and systems, mechanical or ocean engineering.

The agreement also allows SUNY Adirondack students to transfer directly into URI’s International Engineering Program. Students participating in this innovative, globally recognized five-year program earn a bachelor of science degree in their chosen engineering discipline and a bachelor of arts degree in Chinese, French, German or Spanish. These students spend one semester studying abroad at a partner university, and another semester completing a paid internship with a top engineering firm in that country.

“This arrangement will bring talented students to the University of Rhode Island who may not have considered the school and its International Engineering Program,” program Director Sigrid Berka said. “By coming here, students have the chance to build on the engineering and language skills they learned at SUNY Adirondack and apply the skills in immersion programs and internships abroad.”

On the Kingston campus, students in the International Engineering Program will have the opportunity to live in one of the program houses, which offer special programming and international cuisine.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be associated with such a far-reaching, global program,” said Luke Musto, chair of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Division at SUNY Adirondack.

The first SUNY Adirondack students could arrive in Kingston as early as fall 2013.