China’s first environmental management graduate students receive joint RRU degree

December 15, 2014
D Ozeroff

Thirty six students have graduated from China’s first environmental management master’s degree program – a two year program jointly offered by Royal Roads University and Tianjin University of Technology (TUT).

“This program is a unique collaboration between Royal Roads and our Chinese academic partner in Tianjin that provides environmental education which has become critically important in China,” says President and Vice-chancellor of Royal Roads Allan Cahoon who participated at the ceremony in Tianjin last month. “We were able to apply our almost twenty years’ experience delivering environmental education in the development of this degree. This graduation is a proud moment for both the graduates and the two institutions.”

Tianjin University of Technology President Hongyang Jing says the collaborative effort with Royal Roads and its team of environmental science experts and scholars has provided excellent results. 

“Together we have cultivated senior environmental management professionals with intercultural communication ability, who think logically and critically with global vision and who are replete with academia concerned with sustainable development,” says Jing. “This is exactly how we can meet our country’s professional demand within the field of environmental science and environmental resource management.”

In early 2011 Royal Roads received approval by the Chinese Ministry of Education to jointly deliver a Master of Arts in Environmental Management, the country’s first graduate level environmental management program. Working with educators from TUT, Royal Roads jointly created a face-to-face program taught by faculty from both institutions that began the fall of 2012 on the Tianjin campus. This is the first graduating cohort from the program.

Royal Roads faculty member Tony Boydell, who was instrumental in the delivery of the joint initiative, says there was great learning involved all around.

“We have collaborated well throughout this process, combining our experiences, knowledge and innovation to further environmental management and environment-focussed leadership in China,” says Boydell. “We have learned a great deal from each other regarding innovative and sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges and I think it’s the students who will benefit the most.”