Lehigh Builds Partnership with University in Singapore
By Megan Woolbert ’15
On Thursday, Feb. 21, Lehigh hosted an important visit from members of our partner university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
Our relationship with NTU began when in November of 2012, Dr. Mohamed El-Asser, vice president for international affairs, and Debra Nyby, director of international services, visited Singapore and signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. This agreement enables our universities to collaborate in a formal way with exciting possibilities for faculty and students.
Visiting Lehigh for the first time were Prof. Er Meng Hwa, vice president of international affairs and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Prof. Tan Kang Hai, director of the Office of Global Education and Mobility and professor of structural engineering; and Pauline Ho Yuen Chin from the Office of Global Education and Mobility.
The goal for their trip to Bethlehem was to create a discussion between NTU and Lehigh faculty about opportunities for collaboration in engineering, sustainability, journalism and new media, and entrepreneurship.
Many faculty members from these corresponding focus areas met with the representatives from NTU. Some of the individuals they met with include Mayresh Kothare, Donald Hall, Todd Watkins, Bill Best, Mark Orrs, Jack Lule, and Neil McGurty.
Jack Lule, professor and chair of journalism and communication and professor and director of global studies, was very pleased that the representatives from NTU were interested in teaming with Lehigh. “
The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information is one of the top journalism programs in the world,” he says. “We were gratified that they looked to the Weinstock Center for Journalism as a possible partner.”
Lehigh focuses its international expansion on strategic, reciprocal partnerships with international universities like NTU. As a result of this visit and Lehigh’s partnership with NTU, the two universities are interested in organizing faculty and student exchange, and developing international internships and innovative research collaboration with undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty.
March 8, 2013