Since Shenzhen became a city 40 years ago, education options are limited. So, the city is looking to schools like Georgia Tech as partners that will benefit the university ecosystem. A few years ago, Tech’s College of Engineering accepted 400 acres of land from Shenzhen to start an engineering master’s program for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Shenzhen is commonly referred to as the Silicon Valley of China. It’s a bustling metropolis, serving as a high-tech innovation hub in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a forward-looking city with a modern transportation system and has a special economic zone designation, offering tax and business incentives to attract foreign investment and technology. In fact,
both Apple and Google have recently opened research and development centers in Shenzhen. Students are attracted to the Shenzhen program for the international exposure. China is a major world economic player and having experience in the country opens doors for career opportunities. The program also offers free Chinese language courses, and it facilitates internship placement for all students. The next step for Tech is to offer programs in environmental engineering, analytics, computer science and industrial design. As the program grows to include a variety of engineering degrees, more Tech students will enjoy access to the clean, green city that boasts a young population with high-tech interests. ▪
Georgia Tech Engineers, Spring 2018
The Spring issue explores engineering topics from A to Z.