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Dual Degree Doctoral Program with UCAS

Monday, November 14, 2016

Stephen Watt and Wang Yuefei sign agreement

Photo: Representatives from the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, and from the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Sciences celebrate signing their dual degree doctoral program (cotutelle) agreement in Beijing.

The University of Waterloo (UW) and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) have established a co-supervision (cotutelle) PhD program, through which students can pursue their studies and receive their degrees from both of these leading institutions.

"The beauty of this arrangement is that students benefit from the best of both institutions and can participate fully in international collaborations," notes Stephen Watt, Dean of the University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics.

The new agreement was established in the interest of developing university-wide co-operation between Chinese and Canadian researchers and students through the mobility of doctoral candidates.

Yuefei Wang, President of the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science addressed the signing ceremony participants. "The agreement is very important for the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences because it is our first dual doctoral degree program with a North American University."

Doctoral students who participate in this new dual degree program will be students at both UW and UCAS, and meet the PhD requirements at both universities. They will complete a period of residence at both universities, and will be jointly supervised by a professor at each institution through the course of their research.

Successful students will receive a PhD from both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Waterloo.