26 September 2014
Jilin University’s Intention to Send More Chinese Students to Study at TPU
The Jilin University (JU) has an intention to increase the number of Chinese students arriving in Tomsk Polytechnic University to study on the “2+2” joint programme. Zhou Liang, Coordinator of the “2+2” programme on the part of China and Professor Wei Litchi, Deputy Director of the Physics Institute of JU announced this decision during their visit to Tomsk.
Representatives of JU brought 33 new students to TPU who will continue their study in six different fields: Electronics and Nanoelectronics, Physics, Instrument Engineering, Optical Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering and Machine Engineering. This has already become a good tradition for JU’s representatives to accompany students during their trip to TPU and hold meetings with the University administration.
“Meetings with Chinese colleagues are of great importance for strengthening and improving mutual relations between our Universities and for “2+2” programme development as well,” the acting Director of the Institute of International Education and Language Communication, Vyacheslav K. Erokhin said.
Chinese universities have been cooperating with TPU for a long time and have always regarded it as a reliable partner and provider of quality engineering education. Representatives of both universities expressed their readiness to admit a larger amount of students since all required facilities and resources are available at both of them.
Additionally, the Universities will financially aid the most talented students from China and attract a number of new students to study on “2+2” programme by granting the scholarship from the Chinese foundation. Currently, 12 students have been awarded this kind of scholarship.
As Deputy Vice-Rector for Academic and International Activity of TPU, Tatiana Petrovskaya, noted, the foundation for more open and efficient cooperation between universities was laid due to a new “autonomous” status of the Tomsk Polytechnic University.
During the meeting with the TPU’s administration, the visitors from China discussed such important academic issues as recruitment and approval of scientific supervisors for their students’ research, practical trainings conditions in China, etc. They also exchanged views on how to establish closer links between the departments of Tomsk and Chinese universities.
The delegates visited those departments of TPU where Chinese students are studying at the moment. The guests were shown presentations of R&D and laboratory facilities. They gave a positive evaluation to the applied nature and close interrelation of the TPU’S departments with industrial enterprises of Tomsk and Siberia as a whole.
The delegation from China proceeded its work in Tomsk during a week. Within that period, they visited several of the TPU’s academic buildings, Russian language classes in summer school of the Institute of International Education and Language Communication, the TPU’s museum, sightseeing attractions of Tomsk, and hostels for international students. They remained satisfied with both academic and living conditions in campus. As for the city of Tomsk, the Chinese representatives called it a clean and quiet city.
The Chinese students deliberately choose the Tomsk Polytechnic University as their second Alma Mater. As statistics shows, the number of post-graduates from China wishing to continue their study on the master-degree or post-graduate programme of TPU is still growing. Thus, for example, 21 out of 35 Chinese graduates of TPU chose the University for further study on a master-degree or post-graduate programme.
Two Bachelor’s degree programmes “2+2” are being realized in TPU in partnership with Chinese universities: Jilin University and Shenyang Polytechnic University (since 2006). In 2013, one hundred and thirty three Chinese students were enrolled for these programmes. The schedule of Chinese students’ study on this programme is as follows: the first 2 years in the Chinese University, the next 2 years in TPU. Upon completion of academic study, the graduates are awarded with diplomas of both universities.
The Jilin University is a TPU’s strategic partner in China. The universities started their cooperation in 1999, when the first frame contract was signed, and are still developing the partner relationships through a number of joint academic and research projects. Last year the Universities strengthened their mutual cooperation by signing a new contract.