[photopress:Shanghai_Jiao_Tong_Universi.jpg,full,alignright]Shanghai Jiao Tong University is seeking more international partners to get overseas study and exchange possibilities for 20 percent of its students during their time on campus.
The plan was announced at the 2006 Conference of Asian University Presidents held at Jiao Tong’s Xuhui campus. Presidents from 12 Asian universities, including Waseda University of Japan, the National University of Singapore and Mahidol University of Thailand, attended.
The overseas exchanges range from short-term study trips of less than a week to months-long study or research exchange programs from which students can earn academic credits. There is no specific timetable for these events only that officials said it should happen ‘as soon as possible.’
Yao Yi with Jiao Tong’s Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan affairs office, said, ‘The school’s development presents an increasing demand for students with broad global vision. They’re expected to bring back advanced experience for their personal development and university management as well.’
So far Jiao Tong has set up partnerships with more than 150 universities throughout the world. However, fewer than 400 students — about one percent of the student body — take part in overseas exchanges each year.