College of Engineering Hosts Virtual Meeting with Changsha University Students

Changsha University students and faculty on large screen

Changsha University students meet virtually with College of Engineering deans and faculty.

Aug. 19, 2021

This summer, students at China’s Changsha University of Science and Technology (CSUST) had the opportunity to meet remotely with faculty and leadership in the College of Engineering to ask questions and get answers about studying at UNLV.

CSUST and UNLV have a dual degree agreement whereby CSUST students studying electrical engineering can attend their home university for the first three years of their college education, and then finish their degree at UNLV. (Read more on the details of the agreement.) Upon graduation from the Changsha/UNLV 3+1 program, students will receive dual degrees, one from each university, making them more marketable in a growing global economy.

Four students (Fuxin Wang, Yiqi Zhou,  Xinyang Xie, Zibo Xu) took place in the virtual meeting which also included CSUST Dean Dilong Wu, Weixing Qin, Shuai Luo, and Keke Wen. Participants from UNLV’s College of Engineering included Dean Rama Venkat, Associate Dean Yingtao Jiang, Electrical Engineering Department Chair Biswajit Das, Professor Mei Yang, and current international student studying at UNLV, Lihao Qiu. Questions ranged from the types of labs and hands-on experiences students will get studying at UNLV, to what it is like to live in Las Vegas. 

Although the pandemic has delayed CSUST students from physically coming to UNLV for their fourth year, it hasn’t stopped the two universities from continuing to collaborate, and the College of Engineering from providing CSUST students remote learning opportunities. Over the past 18 months, over 230 CSUST students have participated in a variety of online classes taught by UNLV engineering faculty including courses such as EE330 – Engineering Electromagnetics I and EE360 – Signals and Systems I.

“The use of technology in higher education is amazing, enabling us to see each other face to face and communicate in real time even though we are on different continents,” said Dean Rama Venkat. “However, nothing can take the place of in-person, hands-on experiences when it comes to learning. Hopefully today we helped answer some important questions that CSUST students had in attending UNLV and look forward to meeting some of them on our campus in the near future.”