WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University has signed an agreement with the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. The partnership will create dual degree engineering programs for NCKU students, who will be able to complete Purdue Online courses to fulfill some of their requirements.

Purdue says the partnership is unprecedented for the university because it is centered around online education. Every NCKU student who successfully completes one or more Purdue Engineering online course will have the opportunity to apply for a dual degree program between the two schools. 

The first program that will be rolled out is called "3+1+1," in which NCKU students can spend three years studying at NCKU and two additional years in West Lafayette. Upon completion, students will earn a bachelor's degree from NCKU and a master's degree from Purdue.

"The College of Engineering has been quick to see the possibilities in the online learning initiative President Mitch Daniels and the Board of Trustees have added to Purdue's strategic plan," said Gerry McCartney, executive vice president for Purdue Online. "This partnership with NCKU adds a significant international component, and more importantly, the opportunity exemplified by this novel arrangement opens the door for partnerships with other institutions that wish to augment their current engineering instructional content with Purdue content.”

The agreement is the latest in a long-standing relationship between the universities, which dates back to 1952. That year, an effort known as the Purdue-Formosa Project provided financial and technical support that Purdue says helped propel NCKU's growth into a major research-led university.

Pictured from left: Pei-Yin Chin, vice dean of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Woei Shyan Le, dean of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, both of National Cheng Kung University; Mung Chiang, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Dimitri Peroulis, associate dean for external affairs for the College of Engineering at Purdue University.