U-M, Tsinghua start grad program in environment, sustainability


In an effort to tackle environmental challenges and create a sustainable world, the School for Environment and Sustainability and Tsinghua University’s School of Environment have established a new program to cultivate talents for global sustainability and facilitate academic cooperation between the United States and China.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program starts this fall, with top undergraduates in Tsinghua coming to U-M after three years of study in China. Program participants will complete two or three years of graduate study at SEAS.

Students will receive a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua and a master’s degree from U-M — either a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability in five years or a Master of Landscape Aarchitecture in six years.

“I am very excited about this unique program. It’s first of its kind at U-M,” said Ming Xu, the program lead and associate professor of environment and sustainability and of civil and environmental engineering. “I see it as the first step of a much broader, long-term collaboration between U-M and Tsinghua on research and education in environment and sustainability.”

“It is very exciting to be a part of this highly selective and inspiring program,” said Fandi Shen, one of three students in the new program.

Tsinghua University’s School of Environment is ranked among the best schools in environmental science in China. Tao Pao-Kai, the founder of the school, studied civil engineering at U-M during 1926-27.


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