UTEP Announces Dual Masters Program
October 07, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
The University of Texas at El Paso has announced its first Dual Master's Degree Program in Transportation and Logistics.
Funded by the US Department of Education, the exchange program will require participating students to attend 3 universities. Students will take transportation courses at UTEP for one year. The second year will be spent studying at two European universities - Czech Technical University in the Czech Republic and the University of Zilinia in the Slovak Republic. The program culminates with two master's degrees – one from UTEP and another from one of the partner universities in Europe.
The two European universities have secured funding from the European Union's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency for this exchange program. They will be sending students to UTEP in their second year of study. These students will also graduate with a UTEP master degree, in addition to the one awarded by the home country's institution.
"This is groundbreaking," said Dr. Kelvin Cheu, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and PI for the project. "Students will register in our master's program. Their UTEP credits will transfer to European universities and their European credits will transfer to UTEP, providing them with a second degree. It's like getting a European degree for free and they only need to pay UTEP tuition."
The program is expected to begin with eight students in fall 2011. Participating students will be required to do a thesis. The thesis will be supervised by UTEP faculty and faculty in Europe. In addtiton to Dr. Cheu, other UTEP faculty participating in this program includes Drs. Carlos Ferregut, Carlos Chang and Salvador Hernandez from the Department of Civil Engineering.
"This is a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge of how the transportation system works in Europe and to obtain world wide experience," said Dr. Carlos Ferregut, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in UTEP's College of Engineering. "Funding like this is allowing us to be creative in our graduate programs offerings and to be players in the international engineering education arena. I am already seeing a lot of interests from my engineering faculty colleagues to pursue similar programs in other engineering areas."