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UC Riverside Joins Hands with Top Korean Institute to Promote Scientific Exchange

Agreement is expected to encourage the exchange of graduate students, researchers, and faculty in chemical and environmental science and engineering

(August 15, 2003)

Man Bock Gu, chair of the department of environmental science and engineering at K-JIST, and Satish K. Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Agreement on 11 August 2003.  (Photo credit: Judy Chappell.)

Man Bock Gu, chair of the department of environmental science and engineering at K-JIST, and Satish K. Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Agreement on 11 August 2003. (Photo credit: Judy Chappell.)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- (www.ucr.edu) -- UC Riverside’s department of chemical and environmental engineering and the department of environmental sciences have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the department of environmental science and engineering at Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST), Korea, for the mutual benefit of both universities in the scientific and technical fields, with an emphasis on chemical and environmental science and engineering.

The agreement is expected to encourage the exchange of graduate students, researchers, and faculty for lectures, visits, joint projects, and the sharing of experiences, information, and ideas.

Representatives from the department of environmental science and engineering at K-JIST traveled to UC Riverside on August 11, 2003, to meet with scientists in the university’s Bourns College of Engineering and to sign the MOA. Man Bock Gu, chair of the department of environmental science and engineering at K-JIST, and Satish K. Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, formalized the agreement at a signing ceremony. The MOA is sponsored by the “Brain Korea 21” program in Korea.

According to the terms of the agreement, visiting students will be allowed to take classes at either university on a non-degree status. The credits of courses taken at UC Riverside by K-JIST students will be honored at K-JIST if the students obtain a grade B or better. The same would apply to UC Riverside students taking classes at K-JIST. For visiting students, the host department will be expected to arrange housing and provide student benefits.

Where appropriate, students will be able to carry out their thesis projects under the joint supervision of collaborating K-JIST and UC Riverside faculty members. The students will receive their degrees from the department of their parent institution. The MOA will also encourage UC Riverside faculty members to visit K-JIST and give a one-term lecture course there.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with an excellent institution in Korea,” said Marc Deshusses, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering at UC Riverside. “K-JIST will soon be sending us about three to five of their graduate students to perform research in our labs and take courses offered by our departments. We will also soon hold a joint symposium at K-JIST. The department of chemical and environmental engineering has had strong ties with Korea in the past by way of visiting faculty and researchers from Korea. This new agreement will pave the way for even more extensive collaborations with that country.”

The MOA is valid for a period of three years following the date of signing and may be renewed by agreement between the parties.

The Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) at UC Riverside is well known for its research in embedded systems and networking in computer science, for environmental sciences (e.g., low emission vehicles, air pollution research), nanotechnology and research in intelligent systems. BCOE includes four departments: chemical & environmental engineering, computer science & engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

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