Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
Through a new educational relationship with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the national university of Brunei, Stevens is enhancing efforts to diversify the economy of the small, oil-producing Southeast Asian nation.
“The government of Brunei is looking to advance new sectors of the economy in order to drive growth. Technological education is instrumental to this effort,” said Stevens Provost George Korfiatis.
In the past few months, officials from UBD have turned to Stevens to guide them in the development of the broad-based engineering curriculum for which Stevens is renowned. UBD hopes to introduce a bachelor’s-level curriculum based on Stevens’ model in Fall 2013 in a new school called the Faculty of Integrated Technologies.
“Stevens’ engineering education can lead UBD students to expertise and specialization in major technology sectors important to enhancing Brunei’s economy over the long-term, such as energy, health, information technologies, and many others,” said Korfiatis.
This month, Korfiatis delivered a seminar at UBD that described to officials how to build the foundation for the Faculty of Integrated Technologies, what major issues might be encountered, and other key considerations. The relationship between the two universities will evolve this summer and fall, as Stevens hosts a number of UBD faculty members for workshops that introduce the Stevens “Design Spine” architecture and aid in the development of engineering course content.
Stevens and UBD are also considering further future partnerships, such as student exchange programs and collaboration on energy research.
“For many years, Stevens has been advocating for the importance and uniqueness of a broad-based undergraduate engineering education,” said Korfiatis. “We are excited to be able to spread our principles globally.”
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Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.stevens.edu and http://www.stevens.edu/news.