Computer science students to collaborate with Chinese university

A dozen graduate students in computer science will collaborate next spring with their Chinese counterparts to prepare for jobs in the global economy.

Georgia (Aug 23, 2006) — A dozen graduate students in computer science will collaborate next spring with their Chinese counterparts to prepare for jobs in the global economy.

“Our visit to China in May was strategically very important for the College of Science and Mathematics‚” Dean Larry Peterson said. “There are so many good things happening in China.”

Peterson‚ along with Ken Hoganson‚ Chong−Wei Xu and Merle King‚ traveled to China to investigate collaborative possibilities with six universities‚ including the Beijing Institute of Technology‚ which Peterson describes as “the MIT of China.”

“It was a very rewarding and productive visit‚” he said. “We found China to have a vibrant‚ growing economy and very pro−U.S. We felt no barriers.”

Although KSU faculty have not nailed down a specific university to work with‚ they know the project will focus on global sourcing‚ which Hoganson says is the present and future of business.

In global sourcing‚ people outside a company’s home country work on the basic programming of a project. China‚ Malaysia‚ Thailand and India are major players‚ according to Hoganson.

“But the management part cannot be outsourced‚” he said.

And that’s where KSU students come in.

In the proposed collaboration‚ the Chinese students would handle the programming while KSU students would learn how to manage the process.

“The global economy is an important part of all business environments‚ especially when it comes to computers and technology‚” Hoganson said‚ “because information can transfer easily beyond boundaries.”

The students will work together on a project via long distance during spring semester‚ and then the KSU students will travel to China in May to complete the project face−to−face with their counterparts.

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