Equipping Students for the Global Job Market
Students who graduate as global citizens can assimilate into a variety of environments. The College of Engineering is developing a curriculum, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, that will allow students to enable, manage, and deploy innovation in a multilingual, multicultural, and multinational environment while maintaining excellence in technical education. The College of Engineering has a well-earned reputation of innovation through collaboration—not only across disciplines, but across cultures as well.
An important part of this real-world training involves living and studying in a culturally diverse environment. Carnegie Mellon’s diverse student array deepens the undergraduate educational and cultural experience, better preparing graduates for the technical and social demands of the workplace.
The tradition of teamwork in the College of Engineering is further enriched by cultural variety. Even after graduation, students the college continue to appreciate differences and gain insight from people with different backgrounds. They go on to enhance the quality of life not just by engineering solutions to society’s challenges, but by participating as citizens of local, national and international communities.
Carnegie Mellon has over 24 multicultural student organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Engineers. These kinds of organizations form a support system at Carnegie Mellon that has contributed to a significant change in the composition of the undergraduate student body. Minority undergraduate applications to Carnegie Mellon have reached their highest level ever.
White American students, typically thought of as the majority, are now slightly fewer in numbers than international and minority undergraduates combined. Among the country’s top 30 universities, Carnegie Mellon has achieved the second highest increase in African-American graduation rates over the past eight years. Carnegie Mellon still has under-represented groups, but the university and the College of Engineering are getting more diverse and better for it.