University Collaboration

"If our children and grandchildren are going to be equipped to compete successfully in a knowledge-based global economy, we have to do more to increase the pool of qualified science and mathematics teachers for our classrooms and attract the best and brightest into teaching."

UNC President, Erksine Bowles

The power of collaboration

As one of the nation’s top universities, NC State faculty, staff, and students work with other universities—both in our state and beyond—to extend knowledge that improves lives, drives economic development and addresses some of our state’s most pressing educational concerns. These partnerships include:

The University of North Carolina system, with the help of a $5.3 million grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), is working to counteract the shortage of qualified science and mathematics teachers at today’s public high schools.

As participating schools in the BWF Scholars Program, NC State, along with NC Central University, UNC Asheville, and UNC-Chapel Hill, will offer qualifying junior and senior students majoring in science or mathematics a fast-track study program to earn high-school teacher certification along with their bachelor’s degree. BWF Scholars receive annual scholarships, mentoring, and other financial support. Those scholars who go on to teach at NC public schools as licensed science or math teachers receive a $5,000 annual salary supplement for up to five years.

Whether it’s pursuing a degree in human development and family studies offered jointly by NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences  and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Human Environmental Sciences, or a bachelor of science degree in engineering with a concentration in mechatronics from NC State and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC State works closely with the UNC System of 16 colleges to offer collaborative educational opportunities.

An educational cooperative of the South Asia faculties of NC State University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University, the NC Center for South Asia Studies promotes research and teaching in the languages and cultures of South Asia.

At NC State and UNC-CH, engineers and scientists are learning—and working—together to create biomedical discoveries and applications of engineering with medicine. An academic department co-located at the two schools, the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering,  (BME) links the College of Engineering at NC State to the School of Medicine at UNC-CH. NC State offers a B.S. and graduate minor in Biomedical Engineering. UNC-CH offers a BME concentration in the Applied Sciences undergraduate degree program.

Academic quid pro quo

Sixteen universities. One link. Unlimited possibilities. The University of North Carolina Online offers degree-credit online programs by the 16 universities within the UNC system. Through the online initiative, citizens of North Carolina and beyond can prepare for high-growth, knowledge-intensive occupations.

Thanks to the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Program (CRC), students at NC State University, Meredith College, Peace College, St. Augustine's College, and Shaw University can take courses that aren’t offered on their own campus at any of the other four neighboring institutions. Courses count for credit, and faculty, staff and students can share resources including libraries and student activities, as well as participate in faculty cooperation and interchange.

International collaborations

International partnerships prepare NC State students to graduate ready to compete and thrive in a global society. Links to global universities don’t just open academic connections between countries, but create new opportunities for economic development as well.

NC State recently signed agreements with several of China's most prestigious universities : Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, China Agricultural University and Beijing Forestry University.

Thanks to a recently signed bilateral student and faculty exchange agreement, NC State undergraduate, graduate students and faculty can study and teach at the Universidad de Concepción in Chile; Concepción students and faculty can do the same at NC State

After more than 14 years of summer design studios in Prague, Czech Republic, the College of Design has a permanent home—and year-round educational programming in under the auspices of the Prague Institute. With facilities in the historic city center, NC State students can pursue semester-long design courses of study as well as summer studios and intersession short programs in collaboration with local designers and scholars. General education requirement courses are also offered at the Prague institute.