FIPSE awards grant to Troy University

Posted: Monday, 03 December 2007

MONTGOMERY – A grant for $180,000 will help Troy University establish an international collaboration in computer science education.

The grant, fully funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the International Cooperation in Ambient Computing Education Project, will establish an international knowledge-building community for a broader computer science education aimed at preparing students for real-world problems in a multidisciplinary, global world. The FIPSE grant is a part of the U.S. – European Union Atlantis Program, aimed at promoting a student-centered, transatlantic dimension to higher education and training in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

“This project, which began in Sept. 2007 and will end on Aug. 31, 2011, is expected to lead to development of joint- or dual-degree programs among the partner institutions.” said Dr. Emrah Orhun, a professor of computer science on the Montgomery Campus who is directing the project. “The project, on its completion, will allow a common degree to be defined in terms of combinations of the programs offered at partner institutions which will satisfy degree requirements set by accreditation organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. “

The International Knowledge-Building Community will use social networking tools, wikis, blogs, user groups and forums for building the social context of collaboration, Dr. Orhun said.

The project is a collaborative effort among TROY and the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom, Germany’s Fern University, University of Algarve in Portugal, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and San Diego State University. The Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has funded EUR180,000 for the European portion of the project.

Each university will exchange eight undergraduate students with a university on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean for one semester. About 48 students will participate in the exchange. In addition, 10 faculty exchanges will also take place.