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2+2 Exchange Program with Tongji University in Queen's Gazette

The Queen's School of Environmental Studies has collaborated with the College of Environmental Science at Tongji University in Shanghai to offer students the opportunity to spend two years of their four-year degree program at each university. 

The Queen's Gazette showcases the experience of Peiwen Li and Ying Chen, who will graduate from this program in the spring:

“It has been a really good experience that has broadened our horizons,” says Ms. Chen, who has most enjoyed the field work at the Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS) and an international field course in Mexico offered by Professor Stephen Lougheed, as well as a field course offered through Trent University in Hong Kong and Taiwan. “It’s been interesting to see the differences in the two education systems and the ways of teaching and learning. Knowing both academic worlds will likely help us with our work in the future.”

Ms. Chen and Ms. Li say the focus at Tongji was more on engineering, while at Queen’s, courses have centred on the social sciences. At Queen’s, they’ve had more flexibility in the courses they can choose, and they’ve enjoyed the longer summer break, which gave them the opportunity to seek out different experiences and spend time thinking about future possibilities (in China, students typically only have about two months off). They both have really appreciated the support from faculty members and teaching assistants, who have understood the challenges associated with studying in a second language and were able to direct them to resources across campus, such as the Writing Centre.

The 2+2 program is one of several programs that emerged from the Sino-Canada Network for Environment and Sustainable Development, founded by Queen's and Tongji. The Sino-Canada Network for Environment and Sustainable Development provides opportunities for collaboration and exchange between researchers and students at both institutions.

Read the full story on the Gazette!