Tech Formalizes Partnership With Guangdong University

SOCORRO, N.M. September 25, 2015 – New Mexico Tech officially formed a new partnership with Guangdong University in China this week.

Tech President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez signed a Memorandum of Understanding, along with Dr. Li, president of Guangdong University. The signing ceremony culminates several months of discussions between Tech faculty and staff and Chinese officials.

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New Mexico Tech and Guangdong University officials met Tuesday to sign a MOU for education and research exchanges. From left are Wu Shikui, Dr. Kevin Wedeward, Lui Quanwen, Li Dehao, Dr. Daniel H. Lopez, Wang Qian, Melissa Jaramillo-Fleming, Michael Voegerl and Zhang Changming. 


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Tech president Dr. Daniel H. Lopez and Guangdong Vice President Li Dehao sign the official memoranda in Brown Hall on Tuesday.


“This university approached us to have an exchange and we jumped at the opportunity,” Lopez said. “When we find a university that excels in engineering education – and particularly petroleum, in this case, we hope to create new opportunities.”

Following the signing ceremony, Tech Dean of Engineering Dr. Kevin Wedeward led the Guangdong contingent of five officials on a tour of several engineering departments and the Petroleum Recovery Research Center. The visitors saw laboratories and class rooms and met Tech professors. Dr. Nadir Yilmaz hosted the visitors in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Navid Mojtabai hosted in Mineral Engineering and Dr. Corey Leclerc in Chemical/Petroleum Engineering. Dr. Bob Lee and Dr. Ning Liu greeted the Guangdong contingent at the PRRC.

The Guangdong representatives:

  • Li Dehao, Vice President and Professor
  • Zhang Changming, Director of International Office and Dean of International Education Center and Associate Professor
  • Wang Qian, Deputy Dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Professor
  • Wu Shikui, Dean of Chemical Engineering and Professor
  • Liu Quanwen, Dean of Petroleum Engineering and Professor

Wedeward said he looks forward to working with the Guangdong professors to bring new students to Tech.

“I’m impressed that they brought that number of high level people over here,” Wedeward said. “They are invested in making this go forward. This agreement fits well with our overall effort to find new avenues for outreach and bringing in quality new students.”

Michael Voegerl, Director of Student Affairs, said Guangdong University has a stellar international reputation in petroleum engineering. The university was founded in 1954 as the Guangdong Petrochemical College, renamed in 2000 as Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology. The school has around 10,000 students and around 200 professors.

Voegerl anticipates that most students will spend two years in China, then come to Socorro for two more years. Successful students will earn degrees from both institutions. The partnership is expected to include research collaborations among faculty members as well.

New Mexico Tech entered a similar partnership with Yangtze University in 2010. Initially, 30 students from Yangtze came to Tech to study petroleum engineering. Since then, the Yangtze exchange has grown to 47 students across several academic departments, including Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Chemistry and Mineral Engineering.

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