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Computer Science Associate Professor Marks a First in UNC System

March 5, 2012


CHARLOTTE, NC – March 5, 2012 – Associate Professor Jianping Fan, Ph.D., with UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics, has been named the first UNC-Fudan Senior Fellow.  Chosen from among several strong contenders, Dr. Fan will develop a 3 + 2 B.S.+MS program for UNC Charlotte in collaboration with the School of Computer Science at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, along with other top universities in China. 

In addition, he will seek to establish a UNC Charlotte-Fudan University Faculty Exchange program with the School of Computer Science, and will also endeavor to engage collaborations across public and private sectors to organize economic summits between Shanghai and Charlotte. 

The objective of the UNC presence at Fudan and Shanghai is to broaden the awareness of the UNC system as well as the state of North Carolina.  As a result, Dr. Fan will meet regularly with the Fudan Foreign Affairs Office to further develop the UNC system’s relationship.

Dr. Fan, a researcher in the Department of Computer Science, will be supported by a $10,000 stipend, which was awarded by the UNC General Administration.

About The College of Computing and Informatics

The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics.  It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab.  Active research awards currently total $35 Million.

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of The University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Fall 2011 enrollment exceeded 25,300 students, including 5,000 graduate students. Find UNC Charlotte on the Web at UNCC Home, Twitter, Facebook and follow the UNC CLT_News blog at


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