By Lynn Anderson Davy, Iowa Now
An innovative program that puts University of Iowa engineering students in the driver’s seat of an international design project has a new academic partner—the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology—and a renewed commitment from long-time partner Aix-Marseille University of France.
Since it was founded by the University of Iowa and Aix-Marseille University two decades ago, the Virtual International Project Team (VIPT) program has helped many engineering students experience the challenges of working on an international project with teams from different cultures and in different time zones. College of Engineering administrators say that the addition of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) will give the program a broader international scope and provide students with more study options.
“Hong Kong is not only a vibrant and culturally diverse city, but also a major financial hub,” says Ching-Long Lin, professor and departmental executive officer of the UI’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. “This new partnership with the HKUST will allow our students to interact with students who have different but also very complementary perspectives. We believe this new partnership will further enrich students’ design challenge experience.”