From left: Michael Pippenger, assistant vice president for International Education and Dean of Undergraduate Global Programs in the Office of Global Programs; Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora; Kadri Ozcaldiran, rector of Bogazici University; and Raimondo Betti, professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.
—Photo by Michael DiVito
Columbia Engineering students will now have the opportunity to study abroad at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. The School has just finalized an undergraduate exchange agreement with Bogazici, which, up until now, only extended to Columbia College students. Engineering students majoring in civil engineering and engineering mechanics at the School will be the first to pilot this new program, beginning in the fall of the 2012-2013 academic year.
The agreement with Bogazici University underscores Columbia Engineering’s mission to provide its students with opportunities for a diverse and global educational experience.
“By increasing the opportunities for our undergraduate students to study engineering at excellent institutions throughout the world, we are encouraging their growth as competent future global leaders,” said Leora Brovman, assistant dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs and Global Programs at the Engineering School. “As the world is increasingly a global community, it is critical that our students learn to engage with others and to exchange ideas and visions with people in all corners of the globe. Great ideas often come from these kinds of exchanges.”
In turn, Bogazici’s engineering students will have the ability to study at Columbia for a semester. The University’s student body totals more than 12,000 and, in addition to engineering, provides areas of study in education, arts and sciences, and economics and administrative sciences.
Also underway is a new master’s dual degree program in civil engineering between Columbia Engineering and Bogazici. Once finalized, the agreement will allow students from both universities to earn a second master’s degree from either school.
Indeed, the School has been busy on the global front. In addition to Turkey, students are able to head to France in a new agreement the School has recently inked with Ecole Polytechnique (EP). The new five-year B.S./M.S. program will give engineering undergraduates the opportunity to spend their junior year here at SEAS, their senior year at EP as first-year master’s students, and their fifth year at EP as a second-year master’s student. Once completed, students will receive both a B.S. from Columbia Engineering and a M.S. from EP.
These new university partnerships add to the School’s growing set of global offerings. Columbia Engineering already has similar exchange agreements in place with the Imperial College London and a dual degree M.S. program in civil engineering at the University of Bologna.