October 03, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD), Drexel University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have agreed to continue their Joint Cooperation Agreement for an integrated “3-2 Program” enabling two exceptional Chinese students per year the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and a corporate work assignment.
Launched in 2007, the partnership was the first of its kind to involve a Chinese university, an American university and an international corporation. Students complete concurrently three years of education at SJTU and a further two years at Drexel, including a six-month internship assignment with Air Products. Upon completion of the program, students receive a bachelor’s degree in their engineering major from SJTU and a master’s degree in global engineering from Drexel.
The first two students to join the program were Dawei Ren and Qinling Shen. They are currently working at Air Products in six-month process technology assignments as part of the overall curriculum.
“I am gaining so much more from my work and personal encounters with colleagues at Air Products, and even senior leaders here, than I could ever have learned from books,” says Ren. “This excellent program will open many windows of opportunity for young people in China to know more about the world.”
“The opportunity to study abroad, learn with my fellow students at Drexel as a team and be welcomed as a member of the Air Products family is such an honor for me,” adds Shen. “Every aspect of the program from the academics to daily life is looked after. This experience is a real treasure for me.”
Looking after the program on behalf of Air Products is Joe Lamack, global Career Development Program (CDP) manager, who says: “Air Products is pleased to provide the additional co-op job opportunity as part of the curriculum because it really gives these young engineers a head start in their careers. They get the chance to interact with Air Product employees in our global engineering organization and develop skills they will be able to use when they return to China.”
Sponsorship costs for the program, including transportation, room, board and tuition, are covered by Air Products and Drexel University. Students accepted into the program enroll in an agreed-upon course of study at Drexel. The initial focus of the program is in chemical and mechanical engineering disciplines.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air Products has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.airproducts.com.
About Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) was founded in 1896. The University, through its century-long history, has nurtured large numbers of outstanding figures and made significant contributions to the thriving and prosperity of Chinaand the development of science and technology. Of all the academicians of China’s Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering, more than 200 are the alumni of Jiao Tong University. For more information, visit http://www.sjtu.edu.cn/english/index/index.htm.
About Drexel University
Drexel University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university founded in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. Drexel offers a variety of educational and employment opportunities to students through study and internship programs in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and the co-operative education (“co-op”) program. The only mandatory co-op in Pennsylvania and one of three in the United States, Drexel’s program is among the nation’s oldest, largest and most respected. The Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) is one of the most highly ranked co-op and career service organizations at any university in the country and works to ensure that students and alumni get the most from their experiential and career placement activities. For more information, visit http://www.drexel.edu.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.
Drexel University Contact:
Office of the Provost
Tel: (215) 895-1263
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Contact:
Jin Wei, Director
Division of International Cooperation & Exchange
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Tel: +86 21 3420 6758