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Aug. 20, 2008

UI College of Engineering, University of Guam sign partnership agreement

The University of Iowa College of Engineering and the University of Guam (UOG) have signed a partnership agreement beginning fall semester 2008 that will allow Guam students to receive two years of credit for study at their home institution before transferring to the UI.

UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler said that the number of students admitted to the program will be limited only by the students' ability to meet UI admissions requirements and to succeed in their coursework. Butler noted that he plans to travel to Guam to meet with prospective students during the coming academic year.

UOG officials called the partnership a "milestone agreement" that will allow students enrolled in the UOG pre-engineering program to apply up to 60 credits toward a UI engineering degree, thus providing an affordable pathway to a degree. They noted that UOG tuition is about $5,000 per year while UI out-of-state tuition and fees are about $20,000 annually, thereby providing UOG transfer students with a substantial savings during their first two years at UOG.

"The Territory of Guam has a growing need for engineers, particularly in areas that support island infrastructure and economic development," Butler said. "The partnership we have established with the University of Guam will provide a pathway for talented students to pursue an engineering degree. We were put in touch with Guamanian officials through engineers at Stanley Consultants, who have projects on the island."

The partnership calls for participants to enter UOG as pre-engineering minors and earn grades of As and Bs in required coursework -- including math, science and engineering courses -- before transferring to the UI College of Engineering.

The agreement also calls for cooperation in such areas as faculty and student exchanges, training and study programs, collaborative teaching projects and collaborative scholarships.

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