RRU launches environmental education joint degree in China

September 19, 2011

Royal Roads will begin a joint Master of Arts in Environmental Management in partnership with Tianjin University of Technology in China's New Binhai District Eco-City (HABA) in February. Royal Roads has received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education to jointly deliver the country's first environmental management program at the graduate level.

"The Royal Roads environmental management program will benefit from these kinds of collaborations and exchanges of students, faculty and staff," said Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads president. "We've been delivering environmental education since our inception in 1995 and we are eager to work with global partners like Tianjin University of Technology to bring our combined experience, knowledge and innovation to environmental management."

Each year there will be two cohorts in the program. The first group will consist of full time university graduates provided with face-to-face learning taught jointly by faculty from both universities on the Tianjin campus. The second cohort will use the unique learning model used by Royal Roads University that employs a blend of online and face-to-face residencies. It will be offered on a part-time basis to senior Chinese government officials, providing them with environment-focused leadership and management skills which can be immediately applied in the work place.

"Over the past 16 years we've shown the value of our unique learning model to working professionals worldwide," said Steve Grundy, Royal Roads vice-president academic. "We're pleased that we can share this approach with our partners in Asia. Having participated in environmental research in the region, I can say without a doubt that we have much to learn from each other as we collaborate on innovative and sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges."

The new program builds on a previous agreement signed last year with HABA and Tianjin University of Technology to collaborate with the Eco-City on research and training initiatives. The joint program between Royal Roads University and Tianjin University is responding to the Chinese government on its most current policies on environmental protection and management, which are part of China's five-year plan.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.


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Tianjin University of Technology (TUT)

In July of 2010, Royal Roads University entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Hangu Administrative Commission of Tianjin Binhai New Area (HABA) that includes eight specific objectives whereby Royal Roads will facilitate training in environmental management, tourism, leadership, entrepreneurship and communication to a broad spectrum of Chinese society from university students to working civil servants. This joint program is the first of more potential collaborations with Tianjin University of Technology.

This agreement also supports the exchange of students and joint academic research between Royal Roads University and Tianjin University of Technology.

TUT is a major university founded by the Tianjin municipal government as a public institution and was approved by the State Council in 1981. An engineering-based multi-disciplinary university, it now has more than 22,000 fulltime on-campus students, nearly 1,000 teaching faculty and offers 56 bachelor's and 94 master's degrees in science, engineering, humanities and management on two campuses.

TUT combines teaching, research and application to cultivate devoted, career-oriented, highly-skilled talent. As such, 156 off-campus fieldwork centres have been established to support these goals. Working with private sector partners, the university encourages advances in scientific research to support teaching and cultivate student creativity. A number of foreign universities partner with TUT in developing application-oriented graduates who can communicate across cultures with a global perspective. At present, more than 2,200 students are engaged in exchanges and cooperation programs with foreign universities and institutes through TUT.

Tianjin and Hangu Administrative Commission of Tianjin Binhai New District (HABA)

Adjacent to three big economic zones in the north of China, Tianjin has abundant industrial resources, convenient transportation, and a skilled supply of labour, especially for technology-driven markets.

Tianjin is divided into the old city and the Binhai New Area. With the support of the Chinese government, Binhai New District has become an area of growth in China. It is a base for China's advanced industry, financial reform and innovation. With 285 Fortune Global 500 companies establishing branch offices in Binhai New Area, Royal Roads University sees the immense opportunity for the newly launched program in collaboration with its local university.

Tianjin is fifth largest city in China after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Tianjin's urban area is located along the Hai River connecting to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers through the Grand Canal in Tianjin. After China implemented its reforms and policies, Tianjin became one of the first coastal cities open to the outside world.

The municipality incorporates the coastal region of Tanggu, home to the Binhai New District and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA).

Tianjin Eco-City

Tianjin Eco-City is located in an important national strategic area between Tanggu District and Hangu District in Binhai New District, adjacent to TEDA, Tianjin Port, and the Coastal Leisure Zone. It is 45 kilometres from Tianjin proper and 150 km to Beijing. The city's total area is approximately 30 sq. km with a planned population of 350,000.

The Eco-City is a co-operation project between China and Singapore to improve the living environment and build an eco-culture. It is intended to reflect a determination by Singapore and China to combat climate change, enhance the environment and save energy and resources.

One of the main guiding principles for the development of Eco-City is to adopt a holistic approach toward creating and designing a liveable, efficient and compact city that would be developed in an ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable manner.

A core of conserved ecological wetlands and rehabilitated water bodies surround the main centre of the Eco-City, located on the southern bank of a historic 1000-year-old river course that includes commercial, cultural and recreational use, thus creating a diverse live, work and play environment close to the nature and with access to a waterfront.

A green transportation network of non-motorised and public transit is being planned, including mixed residential and commercial amenities located in green open spaces to allow for recreation and social interaction.