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New Integrated BS+MS Program between PKU and UCLA

New Integrated BS+MS Program between PKU and UCLA

On Friday January 4th, 2013, the Signing Ceremony of the PKU/UCLA Integrated BS+MS Program took place in the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China.

The signing ceremony was hosted by Professor Wenxin Li, vice dean of EECS and Professor Jason Cong, associate vice provost for Internationalization and co-director of JRI. Professor Hong Mei, dean of EECS first welcomed guests from UCLA. Prof. Wenxin Li then made an introduction of EECS, especially its education, course structure and future career of the students after graduation. After that, Prof. Cong introduced the recent work of JRI, and the vision of future collaboration.

Dean Hong Mei, Professor Xiaoming Li, assistant president and vice provost of PKU, and Dean of UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) Vijay K. Dhir signed the Agreement of PKU/UCLA Integrated BS+MS Program (3+2) on behalf of PKU and UCLA respectively. As the Fourth Amendment to the Master Affiliation Agreement between PKU and UCLA, the Agreement of 3+2 Program states that the two universities will work together to promote cooperative international efforts in the training of scientific investigators, beginning with this pilot program in electrical engineering and computer sciences.

Other attendees of the signing ceremony include Ms. Manli Zhou from Office of International Relations at PKU, Mr. Xiaotao Jiang from Office of Education at PKU, Prof. Ru Huang, vice dean of EECS, and Ms. Sheila Bergman, executive director of development for UCLA HSSEAS.

ABOUT THE BS+MS (3+2) PROGRAM

Under this novel pilot program, selected undergraduate students in their third year at PKU would apply for graduate admission at ULCA and be admitted to UCLA as an Undergraduate Student Visitor to complete the fourth year of their PKU bachelor’s program at UCLA and simultaneously be conditionally admitted by the Graduate Division to MS program in either Computer Science or Electrical Engineering.  Students who successfully obtain their bachelor’s degree from PKU and meet the conditions for the UCLA Master’s Degree program would matriculate into the Master’s program the following year.  After completing the program coursework, students will receive a Master’s Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering at UCLA.

The first trial for this program will be in fall 2013.

STUDY PLAN

Students admitted to this program should finish 90% of the required courses for the BS degree at PKU, and will enroll at UCLA in their 4th year, where, with the guidance of the UCLA Department, they will select courses needed to complete their BS program at PKU, complete a Bachelor’s Thesis, per PKU specifications (including passing the BS defense exam in person or via tele-conference chaired by a PKU faculty member), and will take a minimum of 12 units in courses that fulfill requirements of the MS degree at UCLA.  Note that the UCLA courses can be counted toward the PKU BS degree or the UCLA MS degree, but not both. 

Upon completion of the first year’s study at UCLA and the Bachelor’s Thesis, the student will receive a Bachelor’s Degree from PKU.  Continued study for the Master’s at UCLA is contingent on earning the BS degree in this timeframe.

 

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