SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and North China University of Technology (NCUT) in Beijing have signed agreements to enable Chinese students to earn master’s degrees from LTU in architecture or interior design.
The agreements were signed on April 30 at LTU’s campus in Southfield by LTU Provost Maria Vaz and NCUT Vice President Xue ke Luo.
Under the first agreement, Chinese architecture students will come to LTU for their fifth and final year of study for a bachelor’s degree. LTU credits will count toward the completion of their bachelor’s degree at NCUT. Graduates of that program will then be eligible to complete the master’s degree program in architecture at LTU in an additional year.
Under the second agreement, students in environmental design at NCUT can come to LTU after either two or three years of study. After completing their remaining coursework at LTU, the students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from NCUT. Those students will then be eligible to earn a master’s degree from LTU in interior design upon completion of 39 credit hours.
“These two agreements extend the reach of our master’s degree programs in architecture and interior design, which already enjoy a good reputation in China,” Vaz said. “North China University of Technology is well known for the high quality of its students, and we look forward to welcoming more Chinese students to our campus.”
According to Vaz, the two universities plan to extend the agreement to cover degree programs in LTU’s College of Engineering. “We have started a conversation to accomplish that goal soon,” she said.
All courses at LTU are taught in English, and the Chinese students must satisfy the English language requirements at LTU or else enroll in English language preparation classes.
These agreements may require approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the appropriate government authorities in the People’s Republic of China.
Lawrence Tech already has agreements with several other Chinese universities for student and faculty exchanges.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg Businessweek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.