Online Meeting between NTNU and University of South Carolina for Dual Degree Program

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The College of Sports and Recreation of NTNU held an online meeting with the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management of University of South Carolina on January 14th. Dean Li-Kang Chi of College of Sports and Recreation, Deputy Director Chang Yu Kai of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Chair Tan Tien Chin of the Gradate Institute of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management attended the meeting to meet Associate Dean Samuel Y. Todd, Director, International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education Robin DiPietro Program Director Marketa Kubickova and International Internship Manager and Instructor Christina Sayers to discuss on the double PhD degree of NTNU and University of South Carolina.

A MOU of dual degree in master and PhD level was signed in 2014 and renewed in 2019. So far, NTNU has sent seven students to South Carolina for dual degree and five of them successfully finished the studies. Now we are planning on broadening the exchange programs for students at both sides.

In addition to the signing contracts and student exchanges, there are also many cross-border cooperation between Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management and USC. For example, teachers from the University of South Carolina are invited as expert in forums and keynote speakers at the International Conference of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management regularly.


The focus of this video conference is to evaluate the effectiveness of the dual doctoral program by both parties, review the selection, application and study situation of students in this program and provide feedback on this academic system, and discuss future implementation precautions and improvement directions. The first dual doctoral student recommended by the Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management is expected to complete the program of the two parties and obtain a doctorate degree from both universities in 2022. Teachers of the two universities also hope that the students currently studying at the University of South Carolina will become scholars and researchers with international influence, and they expect students who participate in the dual education system in the future to continue learning enthusiastically.