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AZAD SIAHMAKOUN

Faculty Partnership Across Borders
Jump-Starts Double Degree
Similar to the creation of the GlobalMBA program, a new
double BS program in computer science was the brainchild of collaborating faculty members. After watching a
presentation on a dual-degree program at an international
engineering conference, Cary Laxer, a computer science
professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, suggested to his dean that they propose a similar
program to their exchange partner, the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany.
"Shortly before I attended the conference, my counterpart from Ulm visited Rose-Hulman. We already had
other exchange opportunities with Ulm...and he was
looking for ways to further expand our collaboration.
When I came back from the conference I e-mailed him
and broached the subject of a dual-degree program at the
undergraduate level. He was...eager to help," Laxer says.
Laxer says he worked closely with his Ulm colleague,
Klaus Baer, in developing the program, which will host
its first students in fall 2015: "We did most of the work in
putting together the curriculum and working out the administrative details. We kept our respective international
offices apprised of our work."
Students at Rose-Hulman will spend their first two
years of study in the United States. For their third year,
students travel to Germany, meeting their peers from Ulm

and taking classes together in English as a cohort. For their
fourth year, both the Rose-Hulman and the Ulm students
will be on the Rose-Hulman campus.
Rose-Hulman also manages a dual MS program with
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
(Seoul Tech) in Korea, which similarly grew out of a preexisting relationship.
In the two-year program, students earn a master's of
science degree in optical engineering from Rose-Hulman
and a master's of science degree in mechanical systems
design engineering from Seoul Tech.
"Faculty collaboration with international colleagues is
the key for establishing a fruitful and meaningful relationship between two schools. In our case, a faculty sabbatical
led to summer student exchange, which turned into capstone design participation, then to summer course... and
culminated in the dual-degree MS program. The process
has taken seven years," says Azad Siahmakoun, associate dean of faculty and professor of physics and optical
engineering.
He says the dual degree was built on the long-term
relationship with Seoul Tech and "a mutual need for graduate school improvement on both sides."
Siahmakoun says the dual program was attractive for
Rose-Hulman because it provided access to talented Korean students, positioned their graduates for employment
in multinational engineering firms and gave them indus-

Korean students
taking a summer
course at RoseHulman Institute
of Technology in
Indiana.

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Degrees Without Borders
The Right Prescription for Internationalization
InBrief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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